Special Programs

After School Education & Safety (ASES) Program
Grades 6-8

the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program! ASES is aligned with the regular school day and provides a safe physical and social-emotional environment that supports building positive relationships.  The program is funded by a state grant and has attendance requirements for participating students.

ASES is offered before and after school every day that school is in session. ASES schools are Bernardo Heights Middle School, Black Mountain Middle School, Meadowbrook Middle School, Mesa Verde Middle School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and Valley Elementary School. 
Check out the PUSD ASES Website

AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

For PUSD, AVID is a seventh- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  Middle and high schools in the Poway Unified School District have AVID and a site coordinator.  Check each school website for the coordinator’s name and contact information.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors.  It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.  AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.
Learn more about the AVID program and how you or or child can participate.

English Learner Program (EL)

The English Learner Program provides services for students who have a language other than English in their home and are not yet fully proficient in English.  The goals of the program are to:

  • help students develop both social and academic English
  • support students as they work toward meeting the state’s grade level content area standards
  • encourage students as they develop cross-cultural proficiency

Click here to learn more about the EL Program

PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

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 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.

Learn more about the PUSD ESS Program

Preschool Programs

For more information about our Preschool Programs click here.

Parent Participation Fees are reduced for parents who participate in their child’s class. Parents schedule days to participate each month. Twice per month for 3 year old class, 3 times per month for 4 year old class.  They complete PUSD’s Volunteer Application, submit TB skin testing results, agree to a Megan’s Law Background Check, and sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct.

Non-Participating Parents Non-participating parents pay higher fees each month than parents participating in the classes. They are not required to participate on a regular basis in their child’s class. Parents are always encouraged to volunteer in class, to attend special events at class/school, field trips, and/or prepare art projects. When parents are able to volunteer in the classroom or with preparation work, they make arrangements with the teacher.

Parent Participation/Non Participation - License Exempt Information (click here)
The program is provided to children under the age of four years and nine months with sessions that run 12 hours per week or less and are 12 weeks or less in duration. A program subject to this paragraph may permit children to be enrolled in consecutive sessions throughout the year. However the program shall not permit children to be enrolled in a combination of sessions that total more than 12 hours per week for each child.
Chaparral,  Deer Canyon,  Del Norte,  Del Sur,  Garden Road,  Morning Creek, Shoal Creek, Stone Ranch, Sunset Hills, Valley, Turtleback

 Full Day Preschool:
Full Day Programs are open 7:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. each day. Teachers establish daily schedules with learning experiences throughout the day. Learning activities are planned to meet learning standards in all areas of development: including music and movement, social and emotional development, cognitive development, gross and fine motor development, and pre-academic areas (literacy, math, and content areas of science and social studies).
Schools Participating:
Adobe Bluffs, Creekside, Del Norte, Del Sur, Design39C, Highland Ranch, Monterey Ridge, Park Village, Stone Ranch,  Rolling Hills, Westview High, Westwood, Willow Grove

State Preschool:
The State Child Development Program is funded through a grant from the Department of Education. This program provides comprehensive developmental experiences for children whose families meet specific income criteria. Priority is given to four-year-olds living within the school’s attendance area.
Schools Participating: Garden Road, Sundance, Pomerado, Valley

Head StartSchools Participating: Los Penasquitos, Midland, Rolling Hills. 
To enroll in the Head Start program please call:  858 391-9084

Valley Dual Language Program

Our 90/10 Dual Language program creates academically competent, bilingual, and biliterate students through research-based practice and differentiated instruction. We will achieve our program goals while enriching all second language learners in a cross cultural environment.

Program Benefits

  • Students achieve proficiency in both English and Spanish
  • Students achieve academically at or above grade level in both languages
  • Students develop cross-cultural understanding and respect, as well as experience working and playing in a multi-cultural setting
  • Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s long-term education
  • Biliteracy gives students greater career opportunities
  • Learning a second language helps develop strong thinking and reasoning skills useful for problem-solving in math and science
  • Students develop a high level of self-esteem and confidence
  • Biliteracy helps prepare students to meet the challenges of a global society

Questions? Comments? send them to Angelica Barragan, DL program coordinator atabarragan@powayusd.com or call (858) 748-2007 ext.2152

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, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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