Court Schools

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.

Court Schools Program

Hillcrest School is located in the San Mateo Youth Services Center, which is a secure facility providing care for youth who have been detained and are awaiting a hearing or court ordered placement. The maximum enrollment is 20 students in a classroom with a teacher and access to Group Supervisors and para-educators.

Margaret J. Kemp Girls Camp is also housed at the San Mateo Youth Services Center and the girls in the program attend classes at Margaret J. Kemp School in San Mateo.


Instructional Program for Court Schools

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, to assist students in achieving their identified educational goal which may include returning to a district school, earning a high school diploma, or obtaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) or California High School Proficiency (CHSPE) certificate.

Because many entering students often function below grade level due to previous poor attendance and/or a lack of acquired skills, the educational program works to address the specific needs of each student so that academic progress can be made during his/her stay in the program. Our curriculum is California State Contents Standards-based, using textbooks adopted by local high school districts. High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation is provided for all eligible students.

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