Bay Academy and Bay University

  • Bay Academy

    • Designed for students to address their intensive educational support service needs
    • Housed at Aragon, Burlingame, Hillsdale and Mills High Schools
    • Bay Academy Students:
      • Access general education electives/classes 
      • Will graduate with a Certificate of Educational Achievement
      • Will complete four years of high school then transition to one of our Bay University programs to support goals for life after high school from 18-22 (Certificate of Completion) 

    • Bay Academy programs are designed to support:
      • Life and social skills development
      • Functional Academics: personal economics, literacy, communication, technology
      • Vocational training and job development
      • Self-Advocacy and independence
      • Community-based instruction
      • Health and social sexuality instruction 

    Bay University

    • These service models are available at Aragon, Burlingame, Hillsdale, Mills High Schools
    • Community or school-based work experience
    • Cooking, exercise, community enrichment
    • 1x month social gatherings outside of school hours
    • Teachtown: Transition to Adulthood
    • Unique Curriculum: Transition Passport & News-2-You
    • Teen Talk: Adapted for All Abilities

    2022 ActivitiesPhoto collage of Bay Academy Holiday Botuique at District Office  

    December 2022: District Office staff checked a few things off their holiday gift lists at the Bay Academy Holiday Boutique at the District Office on December 12. Bay Academy students from across the District were on hand selling everything from blankets, tye-dye accessories, dog treats, bracelets and more - all items were handmade by the kids. The holiday boutique provided a great experience for Bay Academy students to learn about making a product, sales, customer service skills and more. 


    Bay Academy student loading food into a vanNovember 2022: The San Mateo Union High School District appreciates the volunteer work of our Bay Academy students who work at Hillsdale High School's Peace Pantry all year long. Students help with loading and delivering of groceries to families in the Hillsdale High School community. The partnership between Bay Academy and the HHS Peace Pantry began in 2021 and has provided Bay Academy students with the opportunity to build work skills and help their community at the same time. Students are able to build independence, work on reading and locating addresses, and following directions. This opportunity prepares them for paid work experience when they turn 18 and enter the Bay University program.