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Middle College

Contact Us

East Hall Building 12, Room 213
Don Scatena, Principal
(650) 574-6536

Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 3 pm

Fall 2022 New Family Information Slides

The Middle College program at the College of San Mateo is a collaboration between the San Mateo Union High School District and the San Mateo Community College District. The mission of Middle College at CSM is to offer a unique pathway for students to accomplish their secondary and post-secondary goals while challenging themselves in a supportive and small learning community.

The program, which began in August 1998, includes up to 100 juniors and 100 seniors, who are selected from among the students in the SMUHSD after an application and interview process.

Students in the program benefit from close interactions with their teachers in a mature learning environment with personalized support that helps them make the transition from high school to college. Students at Middle College pursue rigorous, collegiate coursework while fostering connections between their Middle College community, the larger CSM community, and their greater local and global community.

Students who are accepted into and choose to attend San Mateo Middle College should realize that they are selecting to be part of a community of people seeking to advance themselves personally and academically. As part of a small learning community, Middle College students should expect to receive greater attention than they might have at their home school; they need to also understand that their choices impact both themselves and this community in powerful ways. Students choosing to come to Middle College are expected to engage sincerely in their work and classes, have excellent attendance, respect the dignity of others and grow as students and human beings, thus creating a community that helps others do all of this as well.

Diversity Statement of College of San Mateo
College of San Mateo maintains as an institutional priority a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve.  As an academic institution, we foster a dynamic learning and working environment that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas.  We abide by the principle of equal opportunity for all without regard to gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, economic background, sexual orientation, and physical, learning, and psychological differences.

"The San Mateo Union High School District believes - all students have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from discrimination and harassment.  These rights are assured to students by CA Education Code Section 200 and Penal Code Section 422.55."

According to FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), college professors are not allowed to communicate with parents about a student’s performance in class. Under no circumstances should a parent contact a professor. It is important that families and participants understand that Middle College students need to be responsible for themselves and willing to advocate for themselves, with the help of their Middle College teachers.