PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2800   Fax: (858) 485-1937
Barbara Scholl, Director, (858) 521-2850
B.J. Brose, Operations Supervisor, (858) 521-2845
Jessica Schulz, Administrative Asst, (858) 521-2848
Cindi Hodnett, Office Assistant II, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2231



The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations, for elementary school aged children. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. ESS is fee based. Check out the fee schedule in the vertical menu on the right. Please contact the ESS Supervisor at your child's school for information or to enroll. See the ESS Websites drop down menu at the right.

Pay your ESS bill online.
Payment options include e-Check, Visa, MasterCard or Debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

ESS Finance Team

Laura Attard, Accountant II (858) 521-2800 ext. 2233

Billing Questions:
Melanie Hart (858) 521-2800 ext. 2229
Alisa Mendenhall
, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2232

Credit Card Inquiries and Payments:
Melanie Hart (858) 521-2800 ext.2229




(Enrollment is subject to availability)

  1. Call or email your school site ESS Supervisor to set up an appointment to drop off the enrollment forms and verify that they are currently accepting registration for your child’s grade level.
  2. Fill out (on line) and print the three enrollment forms: 
    a.  Program Contract One (1) per family
    b.  Terms & Conditions
    c.  Emergency & Disaster Student Release Information
  3. Print these two forms, and fill out completely
    d. Internet Safety Release
    e. Student Profile
  4. Bring ALL completed forms to your appointment with the site supervisor at the site’s ESS office. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE!

    **Families interested in attending afternoon ESS on Time Banking Days only, please contact your school site ESS Supervisor to obtain and complete the proper “Alternative Program - Parent Contract” required for this attendance option (all other enrollment forms listed above are also required to be completed and turned in).

    **A $75.00 registration fee (per family) and first month’s fees will be payable at this time.

    We must receive all enrollment forms at least 2 business days before your child can attend ESS!

Welcome to ESS!

Welcome to the ESS (Extended Student Services) website! Whether we are currently serving your child in the ESS program or whether you are looking for assistance with future planning, we hope that you can find the information that you need on this website. We serve over 4,000 students within 26 elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District by actively engaging them in educational, physical, social and character-building activities before/after school and during most school breaks. We are committed to the highest levels of safety during your children’s time with us where they will benefit from a low student-to-adult ratio. Our staff members have been well-trained, have received clearances with their health and through the Dept. of Justice. Feel free to stop by the ESS program at your local school to meet the supervisor, the lead assistant and the program aides. I’m sure you’ll agree that they are fun-loving, positive, motivational and taking great care of all children in the program.

The ESS program is an extension of the school day. We have a wonderful homework support time during before/after school ESS where staff will support students with their classwork. We work closely with our school sites so that ESS is always an extension of the school day. We also work with principals to make sure that the School Safety Plan is in effect during all hours of ESS.

Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. When you meet our ESS staff, you’ll notice that they are professionals who serve many needs of children throughout the day, whether it’s listening to a child’s story, wiping a nose, helping with a homework problem, playing a game of kick ball, answering the phone or greeting you with a smile at the door when you pick up your child ~ we are dedicated to the best care for your child.

We value our partnership with home, school and ESS. Please feel free to communicate with us if there is any way that we can help your family. Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s care! Barbara Scholl Director, Extended Student Services Poway Unified School District


Barbara Scholl
Director, Extended Student Services


The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. Skills are developed in the following areas:

Cognitive Development:   homework assistance, science experiments, arts and crafts projects, cooking, gardening, and computer-assisted learning;

Physical development: small and large motor skills, sports, non-competitive games, and playground use: and,

Social-emotional development: cooperative learning, group participation, conflict resolution, peer interactions.

ESS provides time, space, encouragement and support for learning.  ESS centers are located at all elementary schools. Each program is supervised by staff members trained in child development. Students enroll in the program on a full-time basis. Centers are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Program Overview  
This extended-day program extends the excellence of each child's school experience into before and after school.

ESS is staffed by highly-qualified professionals and trained instructional assistants. The staff provides for the academic and social needs of children in safe and nurturing environments. There is time, space, encouragement, and support for learning good study habits.

Program Activities
The program is geared toward expanding each child's world through arts and crafts projects, science activities, reading and language arts reinforcement, and math concept development. The program reinforces the social, motor, and academic skills children learn in the classroom. An opportunity is provided for each child to complete homework assignments.

Program History
The ESS program began in 1980 and is now offered in every elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. All children who attend elementary school in the District are eligible for enrollment.

Program Operations
The ESS program operates 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. Please refer to the current ESS calendar for schedule of operation.

Summer Program
A very intensive summer program is offered. It includes numerous extended learning opportunities provided throughout the community. Field trips, special interest clubs, guest speakers, and special events are scheduled.

ESS Contract Options


ESS offers PUSD families 2 additional options for ESS enrollment:

  1. ESS, Before School Only
  2. ESS, After School Only (includes time banking day use)

ESS will continue to offer our ESS Full Time contract (before/ after school with time banking day included) as well as our popular Alternative Contract for just time banking days.

Please see your school site ESS Supervisor or Lead Assistant for more information and to discuss the contract option that best serves you and your child(ren’s) needs.


ESS Websites