How large is the San Carlos School District (SCSD)?
The school district has about 3,300 students serving grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, along with a Special Day Pre-School Program.

How many schools are in the SCSD?
The District consists of seven schools: four elementary schools (K-4); two middle schools (5-8); one K-8.

Is it true that all of the San Carlos schools are Charter Schools?
Six of the seven SCSD schools are “charter” schools as per California charter school law. The only school that is not a charter school is Central Middle School. Five of the six charter schools are “conversion charters,” meaning they were converted from a traditional school to a charter school. These five schools resemble traditional schools, but their charter allows them to take advantage of the flexibility in curriculum and hiring. The other charter school, San Carlos Charter Learning Center (CLC) is a “start-up charter,” meaning it was launched originally as a charter school. All schools except CLC are managed and governed directly by the SCSD, while CLC has an independent Governing Council and is responsible for its own management and fiscal viability. As the chartering agency for CLC, SCSD is charged with ultimate oversight for CLC.

What is SCSD’s annual budget?
Total revenue for the San Carlos School District, without including CLC, is approximately $25 million per year.

How much of the revenues are provided by the State?
Approximately 65% of projected revenues are provided through “Revenue Limit” funding, money guaranteed to the District by the State constitution. The State provides another 11% in funding for specific programs and charter school grants. 3% is provided by Federal funds, and the remaining 21% is provided by local funding, which consists primarily of funds from parcel taxes (Measures A and B) and money donated by the San Carlos Education Foundation.

What does it mean to be a Revenue Limit district?
School Districts in California are designated either Revenue Limit or Basic Aid. Approximately 90% of the school districts in the State are Revenue Limit, which means that local property taxes are not sufficient to cover basic needs in the schools. Therefore, the State “backfills” revenue for these districts up to a certain “revenue limit.” Basic Aid districts, which are more significantly concentrated in the Bay Area, have their share of local property taxes exceed the revenue limit and get to keep all of those local property taxes to fund their schools. Unfortunately San Carlos is one of the lowest funded school districts in San Mateo County and is therefore highly dependent on local funding such as parcel taxes and the San Carlos Educational Foundation.