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Abbreviations, Acronyms & Initialisms

District Abbreviations, Acronyms & Initialisms

Abbreviations are shortened form of a word, phrase, or name where the abbreviation has not become part of the language.

Acronyms are abbreviated forms made from the initial letters or parts of other words (in a name or phrase) which may be pronounced as a word.

Initialisms are shortened forms of a name or phrase made from the initial letters of words or syllables contained in that name or phrase.

PUSD – Poway Unified School District
DO - District Office, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
TPC - Twin Peaks Center, 13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064-3034

School Name Initialisms

ES - Elementary School
MS - Middle School
HS - High School
ABES - Adobe Bluffs Elementary School
AHS - Abraxas High School
BHMS - Bernardo High School
BMMS - Black Mountain Middle School
CHES - Chaparral Elementary School
CISM - Critical Incident Stress Management
CSES - Creekside Elementary School
CVES - Canyon View Elementary School
D39C - Design39Campus
DCES - Deer Canyon Elementary School
DNHS - Del Norte High School
DSES - Del Sur Elementary School
GRES - Garden Road Elementary School
HRES - Highland Ranch Elementary School
LPES - Los Penasquitos Elementary School
MBMS - Meadowbrook Middle School
MCES - Morning Creek Elementary School
MCHS - Mt Carmel High School
MDES (& MIES) - Midland Elementary School
MRES - Monterey Ridge Elementary School
MVMS - Mesa Verde Middle School
PMES (&POES) - Pomerado Elementary School
PRES - Painted Rock Elementary School
PVES - Park Village Elementary School
OVMS - Oak Valley Middle School
PAS - Poway Adult School
PHS - Poway High School
PVC - Poway Virtual Courses
RBHS - Rancho Bernardo High School
RHES - Rolling Hills Elementary School
SCES - Shoal Creek Elementary School
SDES - Sundance Elementary School
SHES - Sunset Hills Elementary School
SRES - Stone Ranch Elementary School
TBES - Tierra Bonita Elementary School
TBKES - Turtleback Elementary School
TPMS - Twin Peaks Middle School
VES - Valley Elementary School
WGES - Willow Grove Elementary School
WVHS - Westview High School
WWES - Westwood Elementary School

Department/Program Acronyms

Altprogs - Alternative Programs
ASES - After/Before School Ed
ATODV - Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs & Violence Program
CRT - Crisis Response Team
CTAAE - Career, Techical, Alternative, Adult Ed
​CTE – Career Technical Education
ESS - Extended Student Services
F&N - Food and Nutrition
FMO - Facilities, Maintenance & Operations
IT - Information Technology
Pubs - Publications
SDFS - Safe & Drug Free Schools Program
SPED - Special Education
Trans - Transportation
TUPE - Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program

Other Acronyms

ACT – American College Testing
ADA -  Average Daily Attendance
AP – Advanced Placement
ASB – Associated Student Body
ASES – After School Education and Safety Program
AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination
BYED - Bring Your Educational Device
BYOD - Bring Your Own Device 
CAHSEE - California High School Exit Exam
CAASPP - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
CDE – California Department of Education
CFD – Community Facilities District
CHKS – California Healthy Kids Survey
CLC – Classified Learning Cooperative
DAC – District Advisory Committee
DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
DECA - Distributive Educational Clubs of America
DELAC – District English Learner Advisory Committee
EL – English Learner
ELA – English Language Arts
ELD – English Language Development
FERPA – Family Educational Right and Privacy Act
FFA – Future Farmers of America
FTE – Full Time Equivalent
GATE – Gifted and Talented Education
GED – General Educational Development Test
GPA – Grade Point Average
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP – Individualized Educational Program
LCAP - Local Control and Accountability Plan
LCFF – Local Control Funding Formula
LEA – Local Educational Agency
LOTE – Language Other Than English
MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
NGSS – Next Generation Science Standards
PE – Physical Education
PFT – Poway Federation of Teachers
PLTW – Project Lead the Way
PPAP – Poway Professional Assistance Program
PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test
PSEA – Poway School Employees Association
PTA – Parent Teacher Association
RFP – Request for Proposals
ROTC – Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
RTI2 – Response to Intervention and instruction
SARC - School Accountability Report Cards
SAT – Scholastic Achievement Test
SBA – Smarter Balanced Assessments
SELPA - Special Education Local Plan Area
SPSA - Single Plan for Student Achievement
SSC – School Site Council
SSAC – Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council
STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
TLC – Teaching and Learning Cooperative
TPLES – Teacher Professional Learning and Effectiveness System
VAPA – Visual and Performing Arts
WASC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges

PUSD Divisions

BSS - Business Support Services
LSS - Learning Support Services
PSS - Personnel Support Services
SSS - Student Support Services
TI or T&I- Technology and Innovation Services