Educational Options Overview


Alternative 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. 

Home School Education (TK - 8th Grade)

The Poway Home Education / Independent Study Program is designed to assist parents who wish to home school their children who are in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

The program provides each parent with the appropriate curriculum and materials necessary to aid in the instructional process.  The parent and student are required to meet with the teacher to review assigned work.

 We offer:

  1. Curriculum (State Adopted/PUSD)
  2. Guidance from credentialed teachers
  3. Student Library
  4. Parent network for field studies/events
  5. Connection with school site for designated services (i.e., 5th Grade Band)
  6. Progress Reports
  7. Testing

Parents are invited to call the K-8 office at (858) 748-0802, Ext. 2095 to request additional information or to schedule a visit to our classroom for an orientation and curriculum preview.


Hospital/Home Instruction

The Home and Hospital Instruction Program provides on-going academic instruction to students who are unable to attend the regular school day for a period of three weeks or longer due to A TEMPORARY illness, surgery, or chronic medical disorders.  Home/Hospital serves all students enrolled within the Poway Unified School District.  A certified instructor is assigned as a tutor to the student and the work is provided by the classroom teachers.The process takes at least five working days to initiate. Home and/or Hospital Instruction is, by definition, a temporary program and is not provided for extended periods of time or in lieu of school attendance. 


Off Campus Independent Study (OCIS-PE)

Off Campus Independent Study for Physical Education (OCIS-PE) is a program designed to assist athletes with their training schedules by allowing the student in grades 6-12 to take their Physical Education class at their training facility, under the direct supervision of their coach. The coach or trainer working with the athlete MUST be CPR/First-Aid certified in order to be considered. OCIS-PE must be a significantly different program that involves an activity in which the applicant competes at a state, regional, or national level. A major factor in determining acceptance or rejection of this request will be the difference between a recreational and a competitive program. OCIS-PE is not allowed for any team sports.

Please visit OCIS-PE for more detailed information.


Summer School (9-12)

for high school students who received a NM, D or F in classes other than Science, Electives and World Language or who are behind in credits.

Summer School

Teen Parent Program



New Directions (6-12 Middle and High School Students)

Independent study is a public education alternative meant to meet 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. New Directions is the independent study program in the Poway Unified School District.



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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