Top 20 Best San Mateo County Private Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 113 private schools serving 20,799 students in San Mateo County, CA (there are 181 public schools, serving 88,344 public students). 19% of all K-12 students in San Mateo County, CA are educated in private schools (compared to the CA state average of 10%).
The top ranked private schools in San Mateo County, CA include Phillips Brooks School, Hilldale School and Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew.
The average tuition cost is $23,753, which is higher than the California private school average tuition cost of $16,780.
37% of private schools in San Mateo County, CA are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Episcopal).

Top Ranked San Mateo County Private Schools (2024)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Hilldale School
Hilldale School Photo - Hands-on Science is an important part of the Pre-K through Middle School curriculum.
Special Program Emphasis
(3)
79 Florence St.
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 756-4737
Grades: K-8
| 156 students
Phillips Brooks School
Phillips Brooks School Photo
(2)
2245 Avy Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 854-4545
Grades: NS-5
| 306 students
Fusion Academy San Mateo
Fusion Academy San Mateo Photo - Students get to be up close to everything in our science lab. In the one-to-one classroom students are always involved in experiments and have a hands-on approach to learning. We have college-level tools available and the world can be their classroom if they choose to venture out of the science lab.
Alternative School
2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 128
San Mateo, CA 94403
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| students
Fusion Academy San Mateo - Foster City
Fusion Academy San Mateo - Foster City Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
1840 Gateway Dr., Ste. 100
San Mateo, CA 94404
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| students
2322 Crestmoor Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 719-8197
Grades: PK-5
| 244 students
Stratford School San Bruno El Camino
Daycare / Preschool
300 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 897-1481
Grades: PK
| 144 students
Acton Academy Silicon Valley
Acton Academy Silicon Valley Photo
Alternative School
201 Arch St
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 204-0304
Grades: NS-8
| 55 students
All Souls Elementary School
All Souls Elementary School Photo - All Souls has a 1:1 chrome book program
(Catholic)
479 Miller Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 583-3562
Grades: PK-8
| 269 students
Belmont Oaks Academy
Belmont Oaks Academy Photo - A string quartet performs for elementary students on the porch of the lower elementary building.
2200 Carlmont Dr
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 593-6175
Grades: NS-5
| 338 students
The Burkard School
The Burkard School Photo - The Right Support Makes All The Difference...A small independent K-8 school for bright children who need extra support with self-regulation, executive functioning, and/or social-emotional learning in the classroom.
Special Education School
2333 Palm Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 918-9945
Grades: K-8
| 35 students
The Carey School
The Carey School Photo
1 Carey School Lane
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 345-8205
Grades: NS-5
| 278 students
Centennial Montessori School
Centennial Montessori School Photo - A natural play yard for our 3 to 6 year olds provides a multi sensory and creative experience. The children use the space to garden, dance, jump, play games, run, twirl, build, dig and create masterpieces in our art area, mud kitchen, and music area.
Montessori School
27 10th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-1230
Grades: PK-5
| 82 students
Crystal Springs
Crystal Springs Photo
400 Uplands Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 342-4175
Grades: 6-12
| 576 students
Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew
Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew Photo - The beautiful Episcopal Day campus is located in the heart of San Mateo.
(Episcopal)
16 Baldwin Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 274-0728
Grades: PK-8
| 324 students
Happy Hall School
Daycare / Preschool
233 Santa Inez Ave
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 583-7370
Grades: NS-PK
| 138 students
Highlands Christian Schools
Highlands Christian Schools Photo
(Christian)
1900 Monterey Dr
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 873-4090
Grades: PK-8
| 702 students
Holy Angels School
(Catholic)
(3)
20 Reiner St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 755-0220
Grades: PK-8
| 218 students
Junipero Serra High School
Junipero Serra High School Photo - Four members of Serra's mock trial team
All-boys (Catholic)
451 W 20th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 345-8207
Grades: 9-12
| 804 students
Lydian Academy
Lydian Academy Photo - Cole in the hallway of 205 Park Road.
Special Program Emphasis
205 Park Rd.
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 437-2633
Grades: 5-12
| 29 students
Lydian Academy
815 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 321-0550
Grades: 6-12
| 70 students
Menlo School
Menlo School Photo
50 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
(650) 330-2001
Grades: 6-12
| 797 students
Mercy High School
All-girls (Catholic)
(1)
2750 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 343-3631
Grades: 9-12
| 374 students
Millbrae Montessori School
Montessori School
(1)
797B Santa Margarita Ave
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 588-2229
Grades: NS-PK
| 50 students
Notre Dame High School
All-girls (Catholic)
1540 Ralston Ave
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 595-1913
Grades: 9-12
| 475 students
6565 Skyline Blvd
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 235-7172
Grades: PK-12
| 960 students
The Nueva School
Special Program Emphasis
131 E 28th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 235-7100
Grades: PK-12
| 853 students
Our Lady Of Angels School
(Catholic)
1328 Cabrillo Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 343-9200
Grades: K-8
| 314 students
Our Lady Of Mercy School
(Catholic)
7 Elmwood Dr
Daly City, CA 94015
(650) 756-3395
Grades: NS-8
| 525 students
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School Photo - Established in 1885 by the sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the historic school building in nestled in a residential neighborhood close to downtown Redwood City.
(Catholic)
301 Grand St
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 366-6127
Grades: PK-8
| 277 students
Pacific Bay Christian School
Pacific Bay Christian School Photo
(Christian)
1030 Linda Mar Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-1935
Grades: K-12
| 258 students
Peninsula School
Peninsula School Photo - Peninsula School's Principles of Progressive Education: - We nurture the WHOLE CHILD - We build upon children's NATURAL CURIOSITY - We cultivate children's understanding through INQUIRY, CRITICAL THINKING, and the CREATIVE PROCESS - We engage children as active participants in a DIVERSE DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY - We amplify children's VOICES to create a more EQUITABLE, SOCIALLY JUST, and SUSTAINABLE WORLD
920 Peninsula Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 325-1584
Grades: NS-8
| 229 students
Redeemer School
Redeemer School Photo - New school building opened in August 2006
(Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
468 Grand Street
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 366-3466
Grades: PK-8
| 226 students
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo - Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton sits one 64-acre campus housing the Preschool & Kindergarten, Lower & Middle Schools and Preparatory.
(Catholic)
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
(650) 322-1866
Grades: NS-12
| 1,216 students
St. Catherine Of Siena School
(Catholic)
(1)
1300 Bayswater Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 344-7176
Grades: K-8
| 314 students
St. Charles School
(Catholic)
(1)
850 Tamarack Ave
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 593-1629
Grades: K-8
| 290 students
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San Mateo County Private Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
A Childs Way (Closed 2023)
Daycare / Preschool
817 Murchison Dr
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 697-4760
Grades: K
| 21 students
1040 Miller Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 588-8175
Grades: K-8
| 203 students
Newton (Closed 2010)
Special Program Emphasis
1157 Chess Drive Ste 100
San Mateo, CA 94404
(650) 345-4043
Grades: K-8
| 243 students
1305 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 366-3842
Grades: PK-8
| 101 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked private schools in San Mateo County, CA?
The top ranked private schools in San Mateo County, CA include Phillips Brooks School, Hilldale School and Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew.
How many private schools are located in San Mateo County, CA?
113 private schools are located in San Mateo County, CA.
How much do private schools cost in San Mateo County, CA?
The average tuition cost is $23,753, which is higher than the California private school average tuition cost of $16,780.
How diverse are private schools in San Mateo County, CA?
San Mateo County, CA private schools are approximately 45% minority students, which is lower than the California private school average of 51%.
What percentage of students in San Mateo County, CA go to private school?
19% of all K-12 students in San Mateo County, CA are educated in private schools (compared to the CA state average of 10%).
What percentage of private schools are religiously affiliated in San Mateo County, CA?
37% of private schools in San Mateo County, CA are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Episcopal).

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