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8th Grade: Shadowing and Parent Information Night

Helping 9th Graders Acclimate to High School Life

One of our District Office staffers, while attending a first day of school to support our school sites, encountered an overwhelmed freshman. He ran up to her and in a panic, cried, “Help! I’m a freshman and I’m lost!” Of course, he was only a few steps away from where he needed to be, but we all remember that first day of high school – bigger school, older students, new teachers, and the nagging question of “Will I fit in?”


Well, our schools have an answer to that question and the answer is “Yes, you will find your ‘home’ in high school.” They can answer this question confidently because each school does different activities and events to make sure our 9th graders are acclimating to high school life well and are feeling part of their high school “family” as quickly as possible.


Click HERE to learn what each of the SMUHSD schools do to ensure incoming freshmen get off to a great start in high school.

flyer with more details

The flyer has all of the information you need to know about Shadowing, 8th Grade Parent Information Night and key enrollment dates. Check with your school for more information.

Shadowing Days at SMUHSD High Schools

Shadowing Days are an opportunity for 8th graders to visit comprehensive high schools and to learn more about the high school experience. Each school has a little different format, so check with the school of your interest for more information.

Eighth Grade Parent Information Nights

Don't miss the SMUHSD's Parent Information Nights held at each of our comprehensive high schools. This event is designed to help families of 8th grade students learn about the wonderful high schools of the San Mateo Union High School District, and where your student will be spending their high school years. Learn about each school's academic programs, and extracurricular clubs and activities. Meet the staff who will help to guide your soon-to-be freshman. Take a look at the school grounds.






Aragon High School

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Burlingame High School

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Capuchino High School

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Hillsdale High School

Monday, October 23, 2017


Mills High School

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


San Mateo High School

Wednesday, November 1, 2017