The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) supports local school districts in San Mateo County by providing services that can be done more efficiently and economically at the county level. These include implementing new standards, staff development and training programs, and instructional procedures; designing business and personnel systems; and performing many other services to meet the changing needs of local school districts. The County Office also provides a wide range of instructional programs, including special and career and technical education, programs for at-risk youth, and instruction in juvenile detention facilities.
Budget and LCAP
If you would like to access SMCOE's approved budget or Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) from an earlier year, please contact (650) 802-
County Office of Education Calendar
Mission, Vision, and Goals
In fall 2014, SMCOE began working with Fern Tiger and Associates to conduct a comprehensive strategic visioning process that would help inform the County Office's work over the next five years. Learn more through SMCOE's strategic plan.
Investing in teachers
Excellence and Equity in Education
Every Student | Every Teacher | Every School
- Successful Students: Champion student success by encouraging the development of learning environments and experiences where all students can imagine and achieve.
- Inspired Teachers: Foster an exceptional county-wide climate for teachers and the teaching profession by innovatively using resources and by cultivating broad public will to advance the profession.
- Effective School Districts: Encourage equitable academic outcomes across San Mateo County school districts through proactive outreach, responsive services, and collaboration.
- Forward-Thinking Policies: Initiate transformative conversations about public education and advocate for effective educational policies at regional, state, and national levels.
- Continuous Learning: Create an engaged, county-wide “learning community” through continuous open-minded inquiry and rigorous evaluation.
Functions of the County Office
Support and Monitor Local Education Agencies
The San Mateo County Office of Education ensures that school districts meet state and local requirements. It is responsible for reviewing, advising, and approving school districts’ budgets, interim reports, year-end financial statements, and audit reports. It approves local control accountability plans (LCAPs); provides differentiated assistance to districts who qualify; monitors facilities, textbooks, and instructional materials; and coordinates the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program.
The San Mateo County Office of Education provides direct student instruction to special populations of students who need the unique support provided by our Special Education, Court and Community schools, and Youth Services. It runs a highly successful Outdoor Education program in partnership with the YMCA at Camp Jones Gulch, and serves the educational needs of students in foster care.
Offer Instructional and Technical Support
The San Mateo County Office of Education provides instructional support to local education agencies in curriculum and instruction, assessment, instructional technology, program improvement, and preschool and child care quality improvement. The County Office also provides technical assistance to support student performance and accountability, including LCAP development and differentiated assistance.
Develop the Education Workforce
The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to building a supportive environment that attracts, develops, and retains a diverse workforce in educational institutions across the county. The County Office provides teacher recruitment, induction, administrator credentialing, and teacher and administrator retention support and programs.
Lead High-Impact County-Wide Initiatives
The San Mateo County Office serves as an advocate for youth and education, raises public awareness of educational issues, and initiates innovative, high-impact programs to benefit San Mateo County students, including The Big Lift, the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities, Environmental Literacy, Career and Technical Education, Zap the Gap, Teach San Mateo, and Visual and Performing Arts.