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GATE Parents Group Fall Classes

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A limited number of scholarships are available for SMUHSD students on a first come first serve basis for households with demonstrated financial need. Learn more.



This GATE Parents Group-sponsored class focuses on the development of quality essay and personal statement drafts for the UC and Common Application Essay prompts. HS seniors will have enrollment priority. Interested juniors will be placed on a waiting list and admitted if space is available. Classes are also open to non-SMUHSD students. Orientation and small group sessions Location: Aragon HS

Orientation: Tuesday 9/10; 6-8 pm

Two Small Group Sessions: Tuesdays 9/17 and 9/24; 6-7pm OR 7-8pm Two private follow up sessions with instructor Location: Burlingame Public Library 45 minutes each (over course of Fall, variety of times to choose from) Registration 8/26-9/9. To Register: Go to 

Questions? Email the instructor Kevin Nelson at


The GATE Parents Group sponsors SAT and ACT Preparation Classes several times a year, taught by SMUHSD teachers, appropriate for sophomores, juniors and seniors. They focus on test taking strategies and how the students can prepare themselves for the rigors of standardized testing. Classes are also open to non-SMUHSD students.

Registration for the SAT class targeting the November 2, 2019 SAT test: Classes at San Mateo High, Saturdays: 9/21, 9/28, 10/12 (skip 10/5), 10/19, and 10/26

Register for Morning Sessions (8:30am-noon) OR Afternoon Sessions (1pm-4:30pm)

Registration 8/26-9/14

Registration for the ACT class targeting the October 26, 2019 ACT test: Classes at San Mateo High on 6 Saturdays: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, and 10/19 Register for Morning Session (9am-noon except last class 10/19 at 8am-noon) Registration 8/26-9/7.

For more information and to register, please visit For questions on the SAT Prep classes, email

For questions on the ACT Prep classes, email

Important: Students are responsible for registration to take the actual tests.

For SAT test registration, visit the College Board website For ACT test registration, visit


Save the Date! September 12, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: The Well-Balanced Perspective on College Fit

This research-based workshop addresses many of the important questions we hear from families. What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is “fit” and why does it matter? Participants will learn practical strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support their student’s overall well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. Participants will leave with practical strategies to apply at home and at school.

Presenter: Margaret Dunlap, M.A.
School Program Director, Challenge Success

This event is free and will be held at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

Presented in partnership with SMUHSD and Challenge Success.


Save the Date! October 10, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Angst” Screening and Speaker Panel

Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. Discussion with speaker panel to follow. Presented in partnership with Hillsdale High PTSO in the Hillsdale High Large Auditorium.

See Video of the 2018 Returning College Student Panel

Stay tuned for information on the December 2019 Panel. Recent SMUHSD graduates talked about their first experiences at college as well as how they managed the application process and the transition to college.