San Mateo Foster City School District Enrollment
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San Mateo Foster City School District Enrollment

Audubon ~ Bowditch ~ Brewer Island ~ Foster City

It's no secret that great schools help attract new families to neighborhoods. The result has been a dramatic increase in student enrollment in Foster City and our neighboring community of San Mateo. The typical elementary school in our area was built for 300 students. Now, many of our schools serve more than 500 students. The San Mateo-Foster City School District explored alternatives for providing school classrooms, auxiliary spaces and infrastructure for the additional students. The school district created a student Enrollment Management Plan (EMP) through community collaboration, careful study and planning. To learn more about the Enrollment Management Plan, please visit the Superintendent's Page on the District's website.

The Superintendent's Committee on Overcrowding RElief (SCORE), through a public process, determined the best solution to alleviate overcrowding in Foster City schools would be to reconfigure and rebuild Bowditch Middle School to accommodate more students. Also included in the EMP is a solution to address overcrowding in San Mateo: modernize and reopen Knolls Elementary School, which is currently not in use.

Unfortunately, funding is not available to implement the EMP due to the failure of Measure P in November 2013.  In light of that, the School District Superintendent has put together a "Next Steps Committee" to engage the external and internal communities of the San Mateo-Foster City School District to identify other options for addressing school capacity and equity issues created as student enrollment continues to grow.  Follow the link at the bottom of this page to learn more about the "Next Steps Committee" and its progress on this important issue. 

The City does not have legal authority to build or operate schools. However, because the issues that affect schools are closely related to issues that affect the City, its businesses and its residents, the City is committed to working with the School District to resolve the issue of increasing school enrollment in a way that benefits the entire community.

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City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200