KG Makes You Stronger 
PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2800   Fax: (858) 485-1937 | DISTRICT ESS


KG Makes You Stronger

HOURS - During the school year, our hours of operation are !2:00-6:00pm Monday through Friday. Please click on the calendar link for closure dates. During the summer & during school breaks our hours of operation are: 7:30-5:30pm. 

ADMISSION - Any child who attends a Poway Unified School District Highland Ranch Elementary School is eligible for enrollment. This program is open to transitional kindergarten through fifth grade students. 

REGISTRATION - Space is limited. We currently have a waitlist. When a spot opens up, ESS will contact those on our waitlist. We will need a  to be completed alongside a form of payment (registration fee + first months fees). New families can start 2 business days after forms and payment are submitted. 

Highland Ranch ESS serves students in grades TK through 5, before and after school. Our before school program runs from 6:30am-7:45am. Our afternoon (PM) program runs from 11:45am-6:00pm.  For current rates and monthly fees, please click here. We offer just an afterschool program. 

LATE PICK UPS - ESS closes promptly at 6:00pm. A late pick-up fee will be assessed when a child is left beyond ESS operating hours. The late pick-up fee does not constitute an agreement for ESS to provide after-hours service, nor will the late fee be applied toward monthly fees. Chronic lateness at closing time may be grounds for disenrollment, per the Parent Handbook. A late pick up fee will be charged after closing as follows: 

  • 1-10 minutes $1.00 per minute, per child
  • 11-30 minutes $30 per child
  • 31-60 minutes $60 per child

*If the parent or other authorized person fails to pick up the child and/or contact ESS, and if no one can be reached within sixty minutes after closing time, ESS and/or school personnel may release the child to the custody of Child Protective Services or other legal authorities.

All forms + form of payment must be submitted to the ESS office, in person, and signed by the Supervisor or Leads before they are valid. 

FEES - Fees are due on the first day of each month. A late fee will be assessed if payment is not received after the 15th of the month. The ESS program is self supporting and financially independent of the Poway Unified School District.
Ways to pay: 

Auto Pay?

Each Month, a payment can be recieved automaticly from the following: a bank account, credit or debit card.  If you would like to set up automatic payment here is the Form. to fill out. There are 2 ways to send it in  via mail (address below) or submitting directly in person to our ESS leadership team. Please DO NOT email your form for security purposes.
Mail in Check?

Poway Unified School District
ESS Finance Department
P.O. Box 500527
San Diego, Ca 92150-0527
ONLINE?  Pay a one-time payment thru the parent Portal

DISENROLLMENT OF ENROLLMENT: Accounts two weeks in arrears may result in immediate termination of enrollment. Upon payment, enrollment may be reinstated with applicable paid tuition and $75.00 registration fee. Past due accounts may be referred to collections for past due balances. ESS contracts with a Collections Agency. If the account is sent to collections, parents will be responsible for the balance due plus fees associated with the collection of the account.

DISTRICT RECESS/BREAK RATE -Check the fee schedule for rates. Registration for all breaks and recesses is for the entire recess or break (no single days). ESS is closed for Thanksgiving & Winter break. For President's  and Spring break we are open however  you MUST sign up for this (additional fee) break.  Spots are limited due to staffing.

SIGNING IN & OUT - Students must be signed in and out of ESS daily. Only an authorized person with a picture I.D. can sign a child out of ESS. Your child is expected at ESS each day. Please notify us whenever your child WILL NOT attend ESS on any given day. We except notification at leat 1 hour before school dismissal via email, phone or text.

VACATION & ABSENCES - Parents must provide a two-week written notice in order to receive vacation credit. Credit is given in five-day increments only. Each child is allowed two weeks per school year, excluding Winter Break, President's Week, and Spring Break (these are optional attendance time frames). If you choose to extend the two-week allotment, a withdrawal from the program is required. There are no refunds for absences due to illness or partial attendance.

ILLNESS & MEDICATION - If your child is not feeling well, please do not send him/her to ESS. Students who have been ill must be well, and fever free, for 24 hours before returning to ESS or school. If your child becomes ill or suspected to be contagious, you will be notified to pick him/her up promptly. It is very important that you keep us updated on changes in work, home, cell, and emergency phone numbers.

ESS will administer medication (prescription or non-prescription) to students only if a PUSD Authorization for Medical Administration Form has been completed by a physician and parent. All medication must be in the original container. Sunscreen, chap stick and non-medicated cough drops need only the parent's portion of the form filled in and signed. Severe Allergies? We would need forms signed from their doctor as well as all medication needed. 

SUMMER PROGRAM: For further information, please visit the summer tab.

WITHDRAWAL FROM PROGRAM: Parents must provide a two-week written notice of withdrawal from the program. If this written notification is not provided, fees will be charged for two weeks, whether or not the child attends ESS. All account balances must be paid in full on withdrawal. Any prepaid balance of $10.00 or less which remains at the time of withdrawal from ESS will not be refunded unless requested in writing within 30 days. A Fee Adjustment Form (FAR) must be submitted to the site supervisor.

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 disability, 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/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

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POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT | 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 521-2800