Tucked away above a canyon and next to a park in the northwestern section of Rancho de Los Peñasquitos, Adobe Bluffs Elementary School (ABES) is a wonderful model of a neighborhood school and the pride and joy of the community. From the first moment after entering the bright red doors of this meticulously maintained campus; one immediately senses the caring, collaborative atmosphere that has become its trademark. Building on a strong tradition of volunteerism and business support, a culture has been firmly established by the school community to work tirelessly, side by side to maximize student academic and social growth.
Adobe Bluffs first opened its doors in 1992 and remained one of the smallest elementary schools in Poway Unified School District until 2002. Over the next few years the enrollment increased and by 2006 there were more than 800 students. In 2008, due to the opening of two new schools in our community, our enrollment decreased to 460. We have maintained our small size and in 2015 we are slightly smaller at around 362 students. We now have 445 students many who are new to our school utilizing the intra/inter district permit.
An important goal of the Adobe Bluffs community is to be a welcoming school for all students and families. We consider ourselves a small school with a big heart. By focusing on traits of character such as caring, respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness and citizenship, our staff, students and parents have implemented strategies to support students academic, social and emotional achievement.
In addition, to prepare our students to be globally ready and to be culturally competent, we have launched the district's first Foreign Language for Elementary Students (FLES) in Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture offering it from TK-5th grade and we are in our 2nd year of implementation for the 2017-2018 school year. We have elevated our foreign language component by starting the first Mandarin Chinese Two Way Dual Language Immersion Program starting from Kindergarten and will eventually have a pathway to middle and high schools. The two way Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program are the first of its kind in San Diego County due to our diverse community in our community.