San Carlos

San Carlos, "The City of Good Living", aims for a "small town" feel.

Welcome to San Carlos

San Carlos is a city in San Mateo County, California on the San Francisco Peninsula, about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. It is a small residential suburb located between Belmont (north) and Redwood City (south).
San Carlos, The City of Good Living", aims for a "small town° feel. Its main downtown area is composed mostly of small shops and restaurants. San Carlos was the first city in California to open a charter school (San Carlos Charter Learning Center), and its schools rank consistently well in statewide lists.
The public schools in San Carlos are run by the San Carlos School District, although the school district boundaries do not cover the entire city of San Carlos. There are several elementary schools (K-4) and a few middle schools (5-8), (Carlmont High School) nearest public high school in the neighboring city of Belmont since the 1982 closure of San Carlos High School.

Elementary schools

  • Arundel
  • Brittan Acres
  • Heather
  • White Oaks


Upper elementary schools

  • Arroyo
  • Mariposa


Middle schools

  • Central Middle School, a California Distinguished School
  • Tierra Linda Middle School, a California Distinguished School
  • Charter Learning Center (Kindergarten through 8th grade)

Private schools

  • St. Charles School

Non-Public schools

  • Arbor Bay School

High schools

Up until 1982 San Carlos had its own public high school, San Carlos High School. It was closed due to a decline in student enrollment from an overall aging of San Carlos residents, with the students of San Carlos middle schools divided up among the nearby Carlmont High School in Belmont and Sequoia High School in Redwood City. The playing fields were kept and converted into Highlands Park, which now hosts many local youth sporting groups, while the school was replaced with new housing. By the late 1990s and early first decade of the 21st century, city demographics changed again to a new generation of younger families with children, with the concurrent growth in student populations a new challenge for local schools.

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