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San Mateo Union Schools Again Rank High in State, U.S.

The schools of the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) regarded as some of the best high schools in the state and country by US News and World Report and the Washington Post.


San Mateo, Calif. – Schools of the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) have again been ranked among the most outstanding public high schools in the U.S. in 2016. Two media rating systems that regularly analyze the top public secondary schools in the nation using their own specialized calculations – one is produced by U.S. News and World Report and the other by the Washington Post – provided the results.


In the former listing by U.S. News and World Report, Burlingame High School secured a California ranking of No.80 and a national rating of No.490; Mills High School was ranked No.152 in the state and No.946 nationally.


In the latter analysis by the Washington Post, dubbed “America’s Most Challenging Schools,” five of the District’s schools received notice of laudable academic achievement. In order of national ranking, they were: Burlingame High School, No.622; Aragon High School, No.686; San Mateo High School, No.712; Mills High School, No. 904; Hillsdale High School, No.1,438. Burlingame, Aragon and San Mateo were the highest-rated public high schools in San Mateo County, according to the Washington Post.


"Ranking schools is, at best, an inexact science,” explains Superintendent Skelly.  “That said, I believe our schools are outstanding by virtually every measure.  I am proud to be part of a school system that puts a high priority on student success and distinctive opportunities for students to thrive and grow."


According to US News and World Report online, the publication’s rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Rankings were based on schools’ performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.


The Washington Post issued rankings on just over 2,300 of the best U.S. public and private high schools. According to its website, the Post determined rankings by a host of factors including: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school, percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average scores on the SAT, a common college entrance exam. The rankings prioritize college test participation over test scores, which the Post notes largely reflect parental income.


To learn more, call Sheri Costa-Batis, Communications Manager, at 650-558-2202.

SMUHSD Board Meeting

SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to a board meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016. This meeting will feature an agenda topic on ideas for the location of staff housing.  Staff and consultants will provide information and analysis regarding the potential to construct below market rate housing on district-owned property to attract and retain the best staff to serve our students. School families, community members and staff are invited to join the SMUHSD for this preliminary discussion about this important topic. A link to the complete agenda packet will be posted at www.smuhsd.org by end of day Friday, May 6th. The public meeting will be held at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, starting at 7pm.

Graduation - Extra Ticket Lottery

Spring 2016 Mid-Season Athletics Survey

ATHLETICS PACKETS 2016-2017 (including Summer 2016)

Update: The Athletic Packet is currently being renovated by the district for the summer & 2016-2017 and unfortunately, we cannot start clearing on May 2nd. We will post as soon as it is available. Thank you for your understanding.

All Athletic Packets from this school year will be expiring on the last day of school. However, starting 5.2.16, parents/guardians must now complete Athletic Packets online by going to  https://sportsnethost.com/burlingame/index.php?page=sign-in (link can also be found by clicking on "Student Health" on BHS's homepage). First time users will need to set-up an account. Returning users should enter their previously selected username & password to log-in. After the packet is completed & submitted, a confirmation email should be received. 

Physicals that have not yet expired (were completed within the last year) and are on file in the BHS Health Office, can be used until they expire and do not need to be resubmitted. Physicals must be completed ​by an MD, DO, PA or NP &​ must be fully completed in order for their clearance to be renewed. You may log back in at anytime during the year to upload a new physical or complete the Adult/Student Driver portion.

Any questions about medical clearance, please see Ms. Herold in the Health Office. Any other questions about sports, please see Coach Phil in the Boys PE locker room.

Suspension of CAHSEE graduation requirement

On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 172 suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

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Second Semester Senior Attendance Policy Reminder

This is a reminder that there is a different attendance policy for second semester seniors who are making adequate progress toward graduation.

This information was discussed by Mr. Wolfgramm and Mrs. Arbizu at the Code of Conduct Meetings at the beginning of the school year, and is also found on page 19 of the Burlingame High School Student & Family Handbook 2015-16 as well as the school-issued Student Planner.


Please take a moment to review the policy.  Questions?  See Mr. Wolfgramm or Mrs. Arbizu.

Second semester senior truancy policy - Final Grading Period

Seniors with 7 or more period cuts/truancies during the 3rd grading period of the spring semester will lose access to senior week activities.

  1. For the 6-week time frame running from April 4th through Friday, May 20th.  Any senior who accumulates 7 or more unexcused period absences/cuts during this time frame will not be allowed to participate in any activities planned for Senior Week.

Seniors are advised to check their attendance regularly on School Loop, and be sure their parents/guardians clear any excused absences/tardies within 48 hours.



All Students are invited to enter the 2nd Annual BHS Film Festival. You can enter in any of the following categories: Music Video, Public Service Announcement, Short Film, or Documentary. Entries are Due by May 10th to the following link http://goo.gl/forms/vN6Gj8e5kU




The Senior Letter will be mailed out this week.  In the meantime, please feel free to read the letter in it's entirety - it is included here in English and Spanish for your immediate reference.


Questions?  Please contact Assistant Principal Valerie Arbizu.


Thank you!


All Seniors…Grad Night is Approaching!


When:          Thursday, May 26: 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Where:        Check in at the Gym

Attire:        Casual clothes, high heals not recommended, no bags


Please download the attached document for additional details and payment information.


"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."

Elective Videos

Need more information before you choose your classes for the 2016-17 school year?  Check out our video overviews of many elective courses online here.

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Common Core Info

The Common Core Standards are being implemented by the State of California learn more by visiting the Department of Education Website or clicking any of the links below:

Common Core English & Lang Arts

Common Core Resources for Parents

Common Core Math Info

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