Divisions and Departments

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) achieves its mission, vision, and goals through the work of four divisions: Office of the Superintendent, Business Services, Instructional Services, and Student Services. View SMCOE's organizational chart.

Office of the Superintendent

The Office of the Superintendent includes Human Resources/Teacher and Administrator Development, Strategy and Communications, and board support. Learn more about programs within the Office of the Superintendent:

Human Resources/Teacher and Administrator Development

The Human Resources/Teacher and Administrator Development department works with SMCOE staff to build a supportive work environment that attracts, develops, and retains a diverse workforce; supports new teachers in San Mateo County in clearing their credential through its Teacher Induction program; and guides new administrators in earning and clearing their administrative credential.

Business Services Division

The Business Services Division provides a wide range of business services that are either required by law or that have been developed to assist districts with fiscal management. The division oversees a combined $3.3 billion in revenue and expenditures annually, acting as an intermediary between state, federal and local agencies. Specifically, the division provides technical, advisory, and management support services to San Mateo County's twenty-three K-12 school districts as well as other federal, state, and county agencies in matters relating to financial accounting and budgeting, retirement reporting, payroll services, administrative systems (software), attendance reporting, Local Control Funding Formula calculations, review of district audit reports, tax apportionments, and vendor payment audits. Learn more about programs within the Business Services Division:

Instructional Services Division

The Instructional Services Division (ISD) provides leadership and resources to San Mateo County school districts and schools in the areas of curriculum and instruction, assessment and accountability, instructional technology, school/district improvement, principal support, teacher training, preschool and child care quality improvement, professional development and planning, and outdoor education. Major initiatives include The Big Lift, Civics, Environmental Literacy, Systems of Support, and STEAM education. In addition, ISD facilitates a variety of educational groups, including the Council for Instructional Improvement (CII), the Child Care Partnership Council, and the English Learners Advisory Committee, that meet regularly to receive information, share ideas, and plan future initiatives. Learn more about programs within the Instructional Services Division:

Student Services Division

The Student Services Division is responsible for all direct student service programs operated by the County Office of Education, including Special Education, Court and Community Schools, Safe and Supportive Schools, and Career and Technical Education (CTE). The division also coordinates programs for youth in foster care as well as the work of the Coalition for Safe and Supportive Schools. Learn more about programs within the Student Services Division: