Theresa Kurtz, Director Secondary; Kathy Purcell, Director Elementary

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA
858-521-2800 x2216  ~   FAX:858-485-1501

Special Education Staff Directory




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Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Poway Unified School District Special Education Department. We look forward to working with you to identify the best placement that will meet the educational needs of your child. It is important to note that the enrollment process in our district begins with verification of residency at your neighborhood school. If you are not aware of which school is in your neighborhood, you may call the Planning Department at (858) 679-2570. You may also elect to go to the District website (www.powayusd.com), and do the following:

• Use the dropdown menu titled “Schools” on the information bar near the top of the page
• Select the “Boundary Maps” menu
• Then click on “Address Lookup” where you can enter your home address

Upon establishing proof of residence within the PUSD boundaries, the staff at your school of residence can advise you whether you can enroll your student there or if you must contact the special education staff at the district office for your student’s placement. At that point, the special education staff will be glad to meet with you to review all the pertinent information, including two proofs of residency, assessment information and your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to determine the appropriate placement for your child.


Kathy Purcell                                                              Theresa Kurtz
Director, Elementary                                                   Director, Secondary
Special Education                                                       Special Education