Highschool Shadow Days 2019-2020

When registering for shadow days, please note that shadowing is not an excused absence.

For up to date information on all the high schools, see the San Mateo Union High School District

8th Grade Shadowing and Parent Information Night page

Aragon High School - Refer to their website for more information


WHEN: October 11th, 14th, and 25th, 2019


TIME: 8:30am to 12:30pm


FOR: 8th graders currently in private school, or students outside of the Aragon attendance zone considering an intradistrict transfer.



The Shadowing Program provides an opportunity for students to spend half a day on Aragon’s campus “shadowing” current Aragon students to:

  • visit classes

  • take a campus tour

  • attend presentations which will give them an overview of the school and highlights electives, leadership, clubs and sports

This is an opportunity for students to determine if Aragon is the right high school for them!  Brunch will be provided. 



Sign-up's will be completed online via a link on this page.  The digital link for sign-up's will be available on Friday, September 20th at 10am.


Please email Dounia Kardosh at dkardosh@smuhsd.org with questions.

Hillsdale High School  - Refer to their website for more information


The Hillsdale High Shadowing Program pairs 8th graders with a Hillsdale leadership student and together they visit classrooms, meet faculty, hear about our programs, and participate in some of Hillsdale's activities. The day will begin at 7:45 am and students will be dismissed after lunch at 12:30 pm.  Students are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one at Hillsdale.  Hillsdale administrators will also be on hand to meet with any parents at a separate and brief meeting that morning to answer any questions. 

These are the days we will be hosting Shadowing this year:
Monday, October 1
Friday, October 4
Monday, October 14
Friday, October 18

Parents may sign up by submitting their information into a Google Form that will be linked on our website starting on Monday, September 9th.  Families will have all week to submit their information. Hillsdale will use a lottery system and assign families to a shadow date and inform families who receive a spot no later than September 20th. Since we anticipate more families requesting a shadow date than we are able to accommodate, we encourage everyone to attend our 8th Grade Information Night on Wednesday, October 30 starting at 6:30pm in the HHS auditorium. Information is also available on our website at our "Prospective Students and Families" page (https://www.smuhsd.org/Page/1518).

San Mateo High School  - Refer to their website for more information


Prospective Students and Families

The Shadowing Application is now online and will close it on Friday, September 13th. 
Shadowing is NOT first come, first served.  It is a lottery system. Only 35 spots will be available on each shadow date to keep classroom disruptions to a minimum.  
Please be sure your student is available on the date that you have chosen.  
San Mateo High School is a cell phone free environment.  A shadow student's cell phone will be locked in a pouch upon start of the program and will be unlocked at the end of the program. 
Shadowing Dates for 2019.  All dates fall on a Friday.  You may only sign up for one date, extra applications will be deleted.
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
Shadowing Agenda
9:30-Drop off 
9:45-Program begins in the Multipurpose Room
9:50-10:35-Tours of the campus
10:45-11:45-Classroom visits
11:45-12:15-Student Panel
12:15-12:45-Lunch-please pack a bag lunch or bring money to purchase food
1:00pm-Pick up-Please be prompt!
If you are not chosen for a Shadow Date, please join us on one of the following Meet and Greet dates:
Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm in the SMHS LIbrary
Thursday, November 7 at 6:30pm in the SMHS Library 
Save the DATE

Tuesday, November 5th-8th Grade Family Information Night  **CHANGE OF DATE
Students and Parents/Guardians Welcome!
6:30pm- SM Performing Arts Center

8th Grade Parent Information Nights

  • Learn about academic programs, and extracurricular clubs and activities.

  • Meet the staff who will help to guide your soon-to-be freshman.

  • Tour the school grounds.

  • Learn important pre-enrollment and registration dates.

Aragon High School

900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:30pm

Hillsdale High School

3115 Del Monte Street, San Mateo

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:30pm


San Mateo High School

506 North Delaware Street, San Mateo

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 6:30pm

San Mateo Performing Arts Center

Bowditch Middle School
1450 Tarpon Street, Foster City CA 94404
 Tel: 650-312-7680
Attendance Line: 650-312-7687
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