Welcome to Special Education Department!

  • Welcome to the San Mateo High School Special Education Department!  

    As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), the San Mateo Union High School District provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities. Some services for students with moderate/severe disabilities are provided in conjunction with the San Mateo County Special Education Local Plan Area (S.E.L.P.A.) or with County Mental Health. All programs are open to students in grades 9-12. Not all programs are provided at each campus; students are placed through the Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) process in the program that best meets their needs. Most students in Special Education qualify for services as having a Specific Learning Disability, Emotional Disturbance, Speech and Language Impairment, Hearing Impairments/Deafness, or Other Health Impairment, but some are identified as having a Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, etc.  

    Our goal is to assist students with disabilities to the best of our ability and to cater to their specific needs in order to guarantee a successful high school experience.