Millbrae (City of Millbrae)
Today, Millbrae boasts residents of diverse ethnic, national, and cultural backgrounds. Residents are employed in various industries throughout the Bay Area and children attend one of five public elementary schools, or private schools. The City’s senior citizen community, with the eager generosity of the City’s many service clubs and private donations, recently dedicated an attractive new senior wing within the Millbrae community center. Millbrae’s approach is demarcated by a picturesque new overpass. A small city with global vision, Millbrae proudly nurtures Sister City relationships with La Serena, Chile, Mosta, Malta, and its newest Sister City Kaiping, China.
Millbrae has a reputation for having some of the best schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, despite enduring years of state budget cuts. Parents are actively involved in their children’s scores and school functions.
Millbrae School District oversees four public elementary schools (Meadows, Green Hills, Spring Valley, and Lomita Park) and one middle school (Taylor Middle School, named after the family that owned land along Taylor Boulevard prior to the city being laid out). MSD is state-funded and does not receive local property taxes, and has endured budget cuts from the State since 2007. Parents and community contribute to the Millbrae Education Foundation, a volunteer-run organization that currently pays for all of computer education in the five schools, and music education for every elementary student.
Millbrae has one private school at Saint Dunstan’s, a Catholic church. The school provides education for grades K-8.
Millbrae has one public high school, Mills High School, which is part of the San Mateo Union High School District. Mills High School is the highest-scoring high school, test-wise, in San Mateo County. Mills High School is situated about a block away from the southern border of Millbrae with Burlingame. Although surrounded by land that is part of Millbrae, nearby Capuchino High School is located in San Bruno.
San Bruno (City of San Bruno)
Parks & Recreation
San Bruno City Park, bordered by Crystal Springs Avenue and El Crystal School, is the major municipal park. It offers shaded walkways and hiking trails, picnic tables, a playground, a small ballpark, a municipal swimming pool, and a recreation center that includes an indoor basketball court once used for training by the San Francisco Warriors basketball team. There are smaller municipal parks in other parts of the city.
Junipero Serra County Park, also accessible from Crystal Springs Avenue, is a 100-acre (405 square kilometer) park owned by San Mateo County and includes numerous hiking trails, as well as picnic shelters, barbecue pits, and picnic tables. The wilderness area was named for Junípero Serra, a Franciscanfriar who founded many of the Spanish missions in California during the eighteenth century; Serra regularly passed through what is now San Bruno whenever he visited the mission at San Francisco. The park is administered by the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Department, which charges a six dollar entry fee for vehicles.
The city is served by the San Bruno Park School District which operates seven elementary schools, and one intermediate school; in 1970, the school district had an enrollment of 4,829, and in 2013 is closer to 2,700. San Mateo Union High School District also serves the city, and most students who attend secondary public education attend Capuchino High School, the only High School in the community after Crestmoor High School was closed in 1980. The city’s main library is part of the Peninsula Library System.
South San Francisco (City of South San Francisco)
South San Francisco occupies the basin and portions of the sides of a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west. Most of the valley faces adjacent San Francisco Bay, affording sweeping vistas, from higher levels and a definite sense of identification with the Bay. South San Francisco has mild winters and dry cool summers. The hills to the west shield the city from much of the fog that prevails in neighboring areas.
Population has tripled since World War II with the opening of such subdivisions as Buri Buri, Winston Manor and Westborough on the slopes west of El Camino. It has grown from 4,411 in 1920 to 61,824 in 2006. A new BART station opened in June 2003.
South San Francisco offers its citizens a city in which to live comfortably in fine residential areas; a place of recreation in parks, swimming pools, and marina; a place to work in more than 2,800 firms and businesses including many biotech companies such as Genentech which gives the city the title of “Birthplace of Biotechnology”.
South San Francisco is part of the South San Francisco Unified School District, which also serves portions of the neighboring cities of Daly City and San Bruno. The city is home to two public high schools: El Camino High School andSouth San Francisco High School, which share a cross-town rivalry. Baden High School and South San Francisco Adult Education are the City’s two continuation schools. The city also has three public middle schools:Parkway Heights, Westborough, and Alta Loma. These public high and middle schools, as well as a number of public elementary schools, and an adult school, South San Francisco Adult Education, are part of the South San Francisco Unified School District.
Daly City (City of Daly City)
Known as the “Gateway to the Peninsula”, Daly City is located at the northernmost edge of San Mateo County adjacent to San Francisco and extends from the Pacific Ocean on the west to nearly San Francisco Bay on the east. Daly City, central to two of the Bay Area’s major job growth zones of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, has become a regional hub for retail, healthcare and small business. Because of its central location, diversified economy, excellent transportation links, and a growing young and productive labor force, Daly City’s future for economic growth is bright.
There are several public school districts in Daly City. The biggest are the Jefferson Elementary School District and Jefferson Union High School District, both of which are headquartered in the city. In addition, there is the Bayshore Elementary School District (2 schools), Brisbane School District (Panorama School in Daly City), and South San Francisco Unified School District (2 schools in Daly City). Daly City has two high schools: Westmoor High School andJefferson High School, plus a continuation school, Thornton High School. Daly City is also home to two Catholic parochial schools: Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Top-Of-The-Hill and Our Lady of Mercy in Westlake.
Brisbane (City of Brisbane)
Despite its small size, arts & culture in Brisbane has become one of the City’s distinguishing marks, thanks in large part to the support from the City Council to co-sponsor many of the special events and programs put on by our artist community. The City is proud to also co-sponsor Brisbane Dance Workshop, Live at Mission Blue, and the SF Shakespeare Event, hosted by the Brisbane Women’s Club each Fall. And of course, if you prefer the outdoors and live music, then look no further than the annual Concerts in the Park and the Day in the Park/Derby Races, which take place in the late summer months and on the first Saturday in October, respectively.
As a tight-knit community of about 3,500 people, Brisbane is a great place to raise children. The community is committed to excellence in education for children of all ages. The Brisbane School District governs three schools: two elementary schools and one middle school. Brisbane Elementary and Lipman Middle School are located in Brisbane; Panorama Elementary is in Daly City. At the high school level, Brisbane School District students are eligible to attend schools in the Jefferson Union High School District. Residents have expressed interest in establishing a high school within the City, and planning for the Baylands has included discussions about a possible high school.