The Elfving Group

San Carlos

SCEarly in its history, the City of San Carlos adopted the motto “City of Good Living”. That phrase stuck and is still used daily. With an ideal climate, charming neighborhoods, a thriving business/industrial district and a small airport with an adjoining commercial area, San Carlos continually attracts new residents and businesses.

The “City of Good Living” strikes a fine balance between the picturesque neighborhood of its residential areas and the industrial area east of the railroad tracks.

The quality of life here is top-rated, with outstanding schools, excellent services for youth and seniors and wonderful recreational and educational activities for all ages. The City also boasts of an unusually low crime rate. In recent years, citizens overwhelmingly endorsed bond issues to build a beautiful library and to upgrade local parks. A volunteer effort, spearheaded by San Carlos Rotary Club, was responsible for the conceptualization and building of an extensively used Youth Center.

There’s plenty of change elsewhere in the city too. Holly Street, the city’s main artery from Highway 101, was elevated at the Caltrain tracks to end the persistent bottleneck there. The construction was a joint project with the neighboring city of Belmont.


San Carlos residents are served by the San Carlos Elementary School District (SCSD). The District serves approximately 3,200 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade and includes seven schools: four K-4 elementary schools, two 5-8 middle schools, and one K-8 charter school. Beyond 8th grade, students are served by the schools of the Sequoia Union High School District.

Elementary Schools Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather, White Oaks

Middle Schools – Central, Tierra Linda

K-8 – Charter Learning Center, St. Charles

High Schools – Carlmont, Sequioa

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