Burlingame High School

About BHS

Burlingame High School (BHS) is a comprehensive four-year public high school located 15 miles south of San Francisco.  The suburban setting of Burlingame is home to 30,000 residents.  BHS enjoys close ties with and receives tremendous support from the city and community of Burlingame.  BHS is one of seven high schools in the San Mateo Union High School District.  Since SMUHSD is a district with open enrollment, BHS students come from the entire SMUHSD boundary area.  Approximately 1330 students attend BHS, and there are 69 credentialed personnel.  BHS is a California Distinguished School and accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).

BHS students are dedicated to improving their school and larger community through participation in numerous programs such as diversity and school climate initiatives, athletics, clubs, service learning, and volunteerism.  We offer a broad curriculum so that students can explore their academic, personal, and career goals.  Our school gives students the opportunity to investigate their passions through various coordinated opportunities in job shadowing, peer tutoring, and concurrent enrollment at the community college, to name a few.

Our Mission and School Goals

Our Mission:  Burlingame High School is dedicated to the preparation of academically and socially responsible students.

School Goal 1: Prepare all students for college and career.

School Goal 2: Prepare all students to be self-directed and persistent learners.

School Goal 3: All students demonstrate civic and socially responsible behavior.

BHS leads the district in state and national rankings

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.