The San Mateo County Office of Education Special Education Services is committed to meet the individual needs of students in our programs to maximize their learning opportunities and to reach their potential. We provide quality services unavailable through local school districts. We are leaders in innovation and evidence-based practices.

Programs and Services

Special Education Programs

SMCOE provides Special Education programs for students aged 0-22 whose needs cannot be met solely within their local school district. San Mateo County Special Education programs serve students through its Early Start Program for Infants and ToddlersEarly Childhood Education program, Special Education Services (K-12) program, and Related Services.


SMCOE provides specialized transportation services for special needs students who attend County educational programs, including wheelchair and ambulatory buses to meet student needs.

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program offers Special Day Class (SDC) teachers and their students the opportunity to participate in three different sports during the school year.


The San Mateo Adult Resource and Transition (SMART) program supports K-12 students aged 18-22 in transitioning to independent adult life. SMCOE's WorkAbility program provides valuable vocational training to K-12 students currently enrolled in high school and transition classes.


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Information on Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

Anjanette Pelletier

Associate Superintendent, SELPA


Phone: (650) 802-5473

Sarah Notch

Administrator, Special Education and Instruction


Phone: (650) 802-5629