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

  • Invitamos a todas los padres con estudiantes que tengan IEPs y que hablen Espanol a una noche especial sobre:

    Aprendiendo Juntos: Cómo Apoyar y Comunicarse con Su Hijo (a)

    Martes de 16 de Mayo, de 6 - 8 p.m.
    San Mateo High School, Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
    506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

    Presentado por Nancy Yance Chavez, Consejera de Salud Mental

    Preguntas? Por favor contactar: Elsa Pulido, Family Engagement Coordinator

    epulido@smuhsd.org o 650-558-2226

    The San Mateo County SELPA Governing Board will conduct a Public Hearing on the

    San Mateo County SELPA Governance and Administration, Annual Service Plan, and the Annual Budget Plan for 2023 - 2024

    May 16, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

    Attend in person or Zoom: Learn more.