San Mateo Middle College

San Mateo Middle College is an alternative education collaboration between the San Mateo Union High School District and College of San Mateo. The program’s primary goal is to provide a supportive and challenging environment, along with the opportunity for academic success and career exploration. SMUHSD recruits a variety of students, with special attention toward students who are first-generation college students.

The program includes 180 high school juniors and seniors, all of whom were selected from among the district’s six schools. While these students are perceived as bright, creative and in some cases gifted, their grades and behavior may not yet reflect this potential.

As part of the Middle College program, these students take three SMUHSD-approved classes taught by SMUHSD instructors on the CSM campus; they round out their schedules with CSM courses. Students can earn both high school credits and college units. The Middle College program also includes comprehensive academic and career advising and access to all of CSM’s support services. For information, contact or visit the Middle College website (Building 12, Room 206.1, (650) 574-6536).