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City of San Mateo

One of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula, San Mateo is located south of Burlingame and north of Belmont.  The city has a total area of 15.88 square miles with approximately 97,000 residents.  San Mateo has a diverse business base and is constantly bustling with wonderful restaurants, boutiques, shopping, parks, and more.  Conveniently located between San Francisco to the north and Silicon Valley to the south, San Mateo is a wonderful place to call home.

San Mateo features one of the most prominent suburban downtowns in the Bay Area, comprised of over 800 shops and restaurants, many of them in historic buildings.  A 12-screen movie theatre offers a major entertainment destination.  Nearby Central Park boasts tennis courts, picnic areas, a playground, baseball field, recreation center, miniature train, and a Japanese Tea Garden.  The Caltrain station and Mills Medical Center keep the downtown consistently busy.  Hillsdale Mall is located just south on El Camino Real.  Hillsdale offers over 100 stores and is supplemented by several additional retail centers on the surrounding blocks.  Bay Meadows, a former horseracing track near Hillsdale Mall, is currently being redeveloped into a large mixed used development including hundreds of new residential units, office space, stores, acres of parks, and a town square.  There’s no shortage of activity in San Mateo!

The San Mateo-Foster City School District runs 20 public schools throughout San Mateo and Foster City, educating approximately 12,000 students from preschool through eighth grade.  Parents may choose from their school of assignment or select one of the magnet school programs.  Elementary schools include Baywood, Beresford, College Park, Fiesta Gardens International, George Hall, Highlands, Laurel, LEAD, Meadow Heights, North Shoreline Montessori, Parkside, San Mateo Park, and Sunnybrae.  San Mateo-Foster City also offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for children born between September 2 and December 2.  Middle schools include Abbott, Bayside S.T.E.M., Borel, and Bowditch.  The three public high schools, San Mateo, Aragon, and Hillsdale, are operated through the San Mateo Union High School District.  The District also hosts an adult school behind the campus of San Mateo High School.  Local private high schools include Junípero Serra High School, The Carey School, and the Nueva School.  The city is also home to the College of San Mateo, a substantial community college positioned against the backdrop of panoramic San Francisco Bay views.

San Mateo features an active Parks & Recreation Department providing almost 300 different activities including classes, camps, educational lectures, sports, and excursions.  The department operates 16 athletic fields, 22 playgrounds, 21 sports facilities, swimming pools, and a golf course.  More than 40 miles of trails and 3 miles of shoreline offer beautiful space to enjoy San Mateo’s pleasant climate.