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, to students whose needs are not met first-generation college.

The program includes 130 high school juniors and seniors, all of whom were selected from among the district’s seven 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. In many cases, 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. Cabrillo Unified School District students may be eligible and should contact their guidance counselor for information. For information, contact or visit the Middle College website (Building 12, Room 206, 574-6101).