Educational Options Overview



Abraxas High School

Abraxas High School is a continuation high school that serves students who benefit from educational environment that is smaller, more intimate, and more flexible than the comprehensive high schools.

For students who may be at risk of not receiving a high school diploma, Abraxas serves a role for hundreds of students to make high school graduation a reality. Abraxas is recommended for students age 17 to 19 who may be as much as 50 short of the required high school graduation credits. Regular attendance at Abraxas is required, Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 1:15 PM each day.

Please be advised the Abraxas curriculum does not meet the A-G requirements for UC and CSU. However those wishing to pursue higher education do so through the Community College system.


Alt Programs

 Alternative Programs provides programs, services and resources to middle and high school students and families throughout the Poway Unified School District including appropriate instructional strategies, sound curriculum, personal development activities, a strong partnership between home and school, and a systemic approach to prevention and early intervention. Examples of programs: Home Schooling; Home and Hospital Instruction; Independent Study (New Directions); Credit Recovery; Summer School; and Pregnant and Parenting Teens.



Career Technical Educaiton

Career Technical Education is rigorous coursework that integrates academic subjects with relevant, challenging technical and occupational knowledge. In Career Technical Education pathways, students incorporate applied learning across disciplines preparing them for both college, career and life.



New Directions

New Directions Independent study is a public education alternative meant to meet secondary (middle and high school) students’ needs, interests, and learning styles while ensuring that students can meet their school district’s curriculum and graduation requirements. All full time independent study students are required to do the same amount and quality of study and to meet the same curriculum and graduation requirements as other students in their district, but independent study students may do so in a manner and on a schedule better suited to their needs.

Poway Virtual Courses

For students wishing to make up credit, accelerate their learning, or explore subjects not offered at their school site, Poway Virtual Courses offers a varity of online and blended online courses to students from around the District. Some courses require weekly face-to-face meetings (blended) and others only meet face-to-face for exams.


Poway Adult School

For students who are 18 years old or older who are behind in credit or who have not yet graduated from high school may continue their studies with Poway Adult School.  Students may earn their high school diploma or equivalency (through GED or HiSET testing).  Poway Adult School offers a variety of instructional delivery options for students, including Independent Study (meeting weekly with an instructor, completing assignments, and demonstrating mastery of the materials), the Learning Center (a supportive, classroom environment with learning opportunities using computer-assisted instruction), and direct instruction in a classroom setting.


The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

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