Policies / Eligibility

Non-Discrimination Policy

St. Matthew Catholic School, mindful of its mission to be witness of the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities at the school.  It does not unlawfully discriminate in administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, scholarship, and loan programs or athletic and other school administered programs on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin.

Academic and Social Readiness

Acceptance to St. Matthew Catholic School is based on academic, emotional, and social readiness. This is determined by placement or screening tests given by the school and previous school performance as indicated by past report cards, progress reports, teacher evaluations, and a family interview. 

Admissions Priorities

Since the Archdiocese of San Francisco established its schools as religious schools and the St. Matthew Parish in particular established this school, priority will be given to practicing members of St. Matthew Parish and Catholics who are active in other Catholic parishes that do no have elementary schools.  Applicants who have siblings in the school or who are children of alumni/alumnae are also given priority.

Admissions Requirements

Students must be five by September 1st for admissions to kindergarten. New first graders must be six by September 1st and new second graders must be seven.  Prior to a student being enrolled in school in California, all immunizations and health assessment requirements must be met and turned in to the school office.  Thus, each student must submit evidence of immunization against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, varicella (chicken pox), and hepatitis B.  The health department requires that all students have a physical examination, a tuberculin skin test or clearance of risk factors for TB, and all vaccinations must be up to date. Incoming 7th graders are required to have a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster.  All required immunization forms must be submitted to the school office prior to any student beginning the school year. More information is available in the school office regarding these requirements.


St. Matthew Catholic School
910 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA  94402
(650) 343-1373

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