Welcome to the Special Education Department

  • We believe that every student can learn and to the extent possible, be integrated within a comprehensive campus. We like students to attend their neighborhood school as part of their community.

    Each student is unique and through their Individual Education Plan their specific needs are identified and planned for with the Individual Education Plan Team. Parents/guardians are an important part of the Individual Education Plan process and we want all parents/guardians to participate in this process.

    We provide services and support to students based on their individual needs that have been identified through assessment. Based on the common core curriculum, the team, including the student and parents, develop goals for the student to work towards while giving them access to general education.

    As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the San Mateo Union High School District provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities, ranging from mild to significant. We have a variety of services and supports at every campus and an Individual Education Plan is developed based on the students needs. We work closely with the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Special Programs. Additionally, we collaborate with the San Mateo County Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) for professional development, service delivery and compliance with state and federal laws.

    We have collaborative relationships with Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC), Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) that support our students and their families in our District. In addition, some of students work closely in community businesses as they transition to careers.

    Our goal is to assist all students to guarantee a successful high school experience and to be career and/or college ready.

    Holly Wade, Ph.D.
    Director of Special Education

Upcoming Events

  • Division of Special Education Community Advisory Committee Meeting

    The purpose of this meeting is to connect with parents and introduce them to the SMUHSD Community Advisory Committee. With this committee, all caregivers will have the opportunity to participate in discussions regarding the educational outcomes for students with IEPs across the district.  The advisory will support a broader understanding of outcomes and ways to improve information and activities to increase knowledge.    

    Wednesday, March 15
    6 - 7:30 p.m. 
    Social Connections, 6-6:30 p.m.   

    San Mateo Performing Arts Center
    600 N Delaware St, San Mateo, CA 94401   

    Learn more.

    Invitamos a todas las familias que hablan Español a una noche especial para informarles sobre:

    Aprendiendo juntos: ¿cómo las discapacidades de sus hijos pueden afectar su educación?

    22 de Marzo, de 6 - 8:30 pm

    Oficina del Distrito
    Sala de Conferencia - Mustang
    650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

    Mas Informacion.