San Mateo County Department of Education

Find San Mateo County California departments of education (DOE) and boards of education. Departments of education provide information on K-12 schools, secondary education and high school, and higher education including colleges and universities.


Ramsey Department of Education 500 State Street San Mateo CA 94401 201-785-2300


About San Mateo County Departments of Education

The San Mateo County Department of Education is a California state or federal agency whose mission is to provide leadership, develop policy, and disseminate funding, information, and other resources in support of student achievement in San Mateo County, CA. While the missions of California Departments of Education are similar to the federal Department of Education, state Departments of Education play a substantially different role in achieving their missions.

You may contact the Department of Education for questions about:
  • San Mateo County public school system
  • Public school education programs
  • San Mateo County school districts
  • Student loans and financial aid
  • School curriculum and tests
  • San Mateo County school superintendents
US Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is a cabinet-level department headed by the Secretary of Education. Unlike most California Departments of Education, the scope of the U.S. Department of Education extends beyond San Mateo County secondary school to include post-secondary education. It primarily influences education at the California and local San Mateo County level through the distribution of grants and by setting the conditions and requirements to qualify for federal funding. The U.S. Department of Education awards education block grants to states without an application process, which are based on student demographic and other factors. The largest of these grant programs are Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Education Grants

The U.S. Department of Education also awards competitive grants in San Mateo County. Examples of these grants include the School Improvement Grants program, which helps states turn around their most underperforming schools, and the Teacher Incentive Fund, which helps San Mateo County school districts develop performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems. The U.S. Department of Education supports post-secondary education primarily through the Pell Grant program, a tuition assistance initiative for low-income students in San Mateo County.

California Department of Education

The California Department of Education is responsible for distributing federal education funds and state aid to local San Mateo County school districts, serving as the administrative arm of the State Board of Education, managing technical high school systems, and operating schools for the blind, deaf, and disabled. Performance standards, curriculum requirements, and assessment requirements for San Mateo County school districts are defined at the state level through the California Board of Education. California also accredits local districts and approves courses and professional programs for teachers and school administrators in San Mateo County.