San Mateo County Office of Education provides programs and services to the County school districts for students with moderate to severe disabilities, ages 0-22. We offer programs and services for students with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Multiple Disabilities and Orthopedic Impairments. Our Related Services staff is a team of highly qualified specialists.
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Parents may request an Interdistrict Transfer Appeal hearing within thirty (30) calendar days after their request for an interdistrict transfer has been denied by the district in which they live or by the district where they would like their child to attend AND they have exhausted the appeal process of the district that denied their request.
HiSET Testing (formerly GED Services)
The San Mateo County Office of Education provides High School Equivalency (HiSET) testing only to incarcerated youth and adults within San Mateo County. Youth must be at least 17 years of age to be eligible for HiSET testing.
For more information about community-based HiSET or GED testing, please contact your local adult school.
The Community Schools Program is a temporary program which provides students with a place to demonstrate positive behavior in the areas of attendance, attitude, and academics. Students are placed with us by the district schools for one or two semesters, and may, with the permission of the district, choose to stay longer.
While enrolled in our program, students have opportunities to make up for coursework they may have missed, receive instruction in the core areas required for promotion or a high school diploma, work toward a GED with tutoring, participate in counseling programs, and work on developing positive habits that will help them to be successful in their return to a district school program.
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The Court Schools Program operates three programs in partnership with the San Mateo County Probation Department. Court Schools are mandatory and serve students who have been ordered by the Court to Probation Department programs. Court Schools provide education programs for students from 8 to 18 years of age, in both self-contained and single subject classrooms.