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Are you looking for a flexible program that can more effectively cater to your academic learning style and personal needs? Would you benefit from a more independent, mature and flexible learning environment? 

We invite you to learn more about E-College and find out how it might be a better fit for you. e-College is one of the District’s Alternative Education programs based at College of San Mateo. 

Why E-College?

E-College combines the high school experience with a myriad of online courses and in-person instruction taught by Community College Professors.  It is a combination of independent study and concurrent college enrollment. College units satisfy your diploma while working on your undergraduate degree at the same time.


  • Earn a high school diploma AND college credit at the same time: Students are allowed to take independent studies courses in conjunction with San Mateo Community College District (SMCCD) courses to meet graduation requirements for a comprehensive high school diploma while also earning college credits.

  • Free College Units: SMCCD courses are available to any student concurrently enrolled in San Mateo County for free. Students may take over 12 units. Students must take at least one college course to be enrolled in e-College.  

  • Flexible Schedule: Students are able to choose their own schedule based on the courses, days and times they choose! There are asynchronous, Zoom and in-person college courses.

  • Access to Extracurricular Activities: Students can still participate in all extra-curricular activities at their home school sites, including athletics, dances, and clubs

  • Access to Counselors: Students can still receive counseling support at their home school site

  • Dedicated staff person: The E-College Coordinator works collaboratively with school site counselors, an onsite wellness counselor and administrators to ensure students meet their fullest potential. 

Typical Student

Successful candidates are:

  • Self-starters who are proactive, efficient, work well independently and are ready for a college setting
  • Students in need of a smaller, individualized educational setting


  • Students interested in attending e-College or Independent Study must meet with their counselor to review their graduation plan and fill out a new contract 
  • All SMUHSD Alternative programs need a new k12 form submitted each semester
  • All e-College students must submit a new concurrent enrollment form each semester.  View the instructions.
  • Counselors will sign the course connection form electronically, then you will be able to register after receiving an email confirmation from CSM..


For more information contact e-College Coordinator Carolyn Berzin at or 650-922-9979 or talk to your school site counselor.