• Petition to Change Courses Fall 2020

    Coursework Outside of the District Including Community College Courses


    BHS Return to School Plans

    The Return to School Committees have been working over the summer to prepare plans for the re-opening of schools across the San Mateo Union High School District.  

    Please refer to this section and to the bulleted topics to the left for updated information specifically regarding Burlingame High School and our Return to School during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    BHS Independent Study Information - Edgenuity


    Return to School Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

    July 22 Town Hall Meeting on Zoom - regarding schedule choices

    Information about Dual Enrollment/Concurrent Enrollment

    Students and families interested in dual enrollment for the 2020-21 school year should first read the Dual/Concurrent Enrollment information located on the SMUHSD website.

    What is Dual/Concurrent Enrollment?

    Dual Enrollment allows a high school student to complete a course at a Community College.

    What are the Advantages of Dual/Concurrent Enrollment?
    Students opting for classes at Community Colleges this school year will be able to get high school credits while beginning to build their college transcripts.  In many cases, these credits are transferable to other colleges (check with individual colleges for transfer of credits by specific course). Some students excel in this environment and complete a number of college credits during their high school years.  But remember: once you start a college transcript, you are required to report your grades to every college you may enroll with in the future.

    What are the Disadvantages of Dual/Concurrent Enrollment?
    While instructors at our local community colleges are great, they are just that: college instructors.  Students who flourish under the support provided by the teachers at Burlingame High School (and struggle a little with independent learning) may find the college environment difficult. If you have any questions or concerns about your student's readiness for a college course, please contact your student's counselor at BHS.

    Credits for Dual Enrollment
    For the upcoming school year only (2020-21), students may take courses at a Community College (i.e. CSM, Skyline, Cañada) and transfer that credit back to their high school transcripts for graduation credit.

    How Do You Sign Up for Dual Enrollment at a Community College?
    Before you make any arrangements for classes, speak to your BHS counselor.
    Students will need to get a dual enrollment form from their counselor (including a signature), and then sign up for their Community College classes directly with the college. For more information on this, see our Counseling Section.


    Can Students Be Dually Enrolled with Another Online Provider for Credit This Year?
    For the 2020-21 school year ONLY, the SMUHSD Board of Trustees will allow students to complete some coursework through outside providers.  This will allow students to complete high school level coursework in a usually asynchronous manner.


    If you choose this option, the provider MUST meet these qualifiers for credit to be placed on the BHS transcript: [1] School MUST have WASC ACCREDITATION; [2] Maintain a-g course approval with the UC system, [3] Issue GRADES; [4] Issue CREDITS; and [5] Issue a TRANSCRIPT. 

    Our counselors can help you determine if the provider you would like to work with meets all of these requirements.


    How To Show Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Credits on BHS Transcript:
    It is the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY of students and families to submit official transcripts  to the counseling office AFTER they have completed the class and final grades have been issued.  This is the only way that grades can be placed on official high school transcripts and counted toward graduation.

    Can BHS Suggest Good Online High School Providers?
    As a public school, we cannot recommend or promote the services of any particular providers.  We can, however, tell you that we have had students successfully complete coursework from the vendors noted in conversation in the SMUHSD Board of Trustee meetings, including BYU and UC Scout OnDemand.

    Can I Drop BHS Classes and Take Dual Enrollment Classes Instead?
    The short answer is 'yes, you can.'

    HOWEVER, we may not be able to guarantee that your BHS course schedule will be stacked in a condensed manner.  For example, if you choose to drop a math class at BHS and take one at CSM instead, it is very possible that you will have a hole in your BHS class schedule.  This is fine while we are on Distance Learning, but will be a big issue when we return to campus.
    For safety reasons, students with holes in their schedules will be assigned to a 'TA' or 'Peer Tutoring' period, as we are required to account for the location of students while they are on campus.

    We are also not able to guarantee that we can create a schedule for you at BHS that coincides with your outside course schedule.  This means that students are still expected to be available for school at BHS this year between the hours of 9:00am and 3:15pm.  

    Interested in Dual/Concurrent Enrollment?



    Answering 'yes' to the question 'I would like to drop a class at my school' (or some variant of that statement) will prompt counselors at Burlingame High School to reach out to you to discuss the class you would like to drop - and classes you might want to take through Dual Enrollment


    SMUHSD Family Survey - Sent July 20, 2020

    The San Mateo Union High School District sent a survey out to all SMUHSD families regarding the following topics:

      • Educational Choices for the Fall Semester 2020
      • Technology Needs
      • Physical Education
      • Access to WiFi on Campus
      • Resources for Families

    It is VERY important that families complete this information in a timely manner.  At  BHS, we will use this information to:

      • Update our Master Schedule
      • Plan to support students who need a place to study on campus (access to outdoor study spaces)
      • Plan for technology distribution
      • Arrange for PE

    There is a space on the survey that will allow parents and guardians to indicate if their student would like to drop one of the courses they requested in the Spring.  If you would like to do this - or have questions about this - please indicate this on the survey and know that a BHS counselor will contact you.

    Thank you,
    Paul Belzer, Principal


    We Will Open with Distance Learning

    The SMUHSD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, July 14th, and made the strong recommendation that all schools open this Fall 2020 Semester with a Distance Learning Protocol.

    • This means that all students will learn from their teachers in a synchronous manner beginning on August 17th.
    • With this decision, Burlingame High School administration is moving forward with plans for student orientation and material distribution in August.  As those plans are solidified, we will note them on this blog AND notify families through dialers, emails, and text.