About Our Community Schools

The San Mateo County Office of Education's WASC-accredited Community Schools Program serves at-risk students from across the county. Students may be referred to these programs by their resident districts, the San Mateo County Probation Department, the Human Services Agency, or the County School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

The Community Schools Program is designed for students who can benefit from an alternative school setting. Students are placed in a community school when referred by a local school district for expulsion, by Juvenile Probation, or as a result of a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing. Community Schools may also serve students who are homeless, in foster care, or those referred by their local school district with parent consent. The community schools' educational program is characteristically student-centered and adapted to meet individual needs. The community school and receiving districts are frequently involved in collaborative planning and transition between the programs. Special education services and support are available to all qualified students.

Instructional Program

Students are enrolled in middle school or high school courses and earn credits to support their educational goals. Individual student learning plans are developed upon enrollment, with the goal of meeting students where they are academically and also assisting them in their progress toward a high school diploma and professional success. The curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards using textbooks adopted by the County Board of Education. Additionally, preparation for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is provided for all eligible students. As a WASC-accredited program, students who enter on an "a-g" track will have the opportunity to remain eligible for entrance to a four-year public college. 

List of Schools

First Day of School

AUG 16

Labor Day (No School)


Veterans Day (No School)

NOV 11

Thanksgiving Break (No School)

NOV 22-26

Winter Break (No School)

DEC 22-31

New Year's Break (No School)

JAN 3-4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

JAN 17

Presidents' Week Break (No School)

FEB 21-25

Spring Break (No School)

APR 11-15

Memorial Day (No School)

MAY 30

Last Day of School


Karen Gnusti

Executive Director, College, Career & Secondary Education

Email: kgnusti@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5331

Sibané Parcels

Principal, Court and Community Schools

Email: sparcels@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 312-5323

Shelly Johnson

Site Administrator, Court and Community Schools

Email: sjohnson@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 312-5323

Bradley Ostrander

Assistant Principal, Community Schools

Email: bostrander@smcoe.org

Phone: 650-802-2154


School Administrative Assistant

Email: TBD@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 598-2155