ESSPUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2800   Fax: (858) 485-1937 | ESS
Barbara Scholl, Director, (858) 521-2850
B.J. Brose, Operations Supervisor, (858) 521-2845
Nancy Dannhauser, Administrative Asst, (858) 521-2848
Julia Longstaff, Office Assistant II, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2231


ESS currently has a waiting list for TK, K, 1st and 2nd Grade. We have limited space in grades 3-5. If interested in enrollment or to be added to our waiting list, please contact us via phone or email.



Supervisor: Mariam Ghadimi
Lead:  April Fuller (Currently on maternity leave)
Acting Lead: Catalina Petersen
Lead:  Caroline Lois
Address: 17250 Tannin Dr., Poway, CA 92064
Phone: (858) 451-7998 
Fax: (858) 451-1006

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We will be accepting ESS enrollment for the School Year 2015/2016, beginning August 4th. 

Please call, email or visit us in person to make an appointment and get your child registered in our program. Thank you for your patience in this process.

Call or email your school site ESS Supervisor to set up an appointment to drop off the enrollment forms and verify that they are currently accepting registration for your child’s grade level.


ESS Overview

Mission Statement - "E.S.S. is a bridge between school and home where children are encouraged to learn, create, and explore within their school, community, and world."

Program Overview - This extended-day program expands the excellence of each child's school experience into before and after school. E.S.S. is staffed by highly qualified professionals and trained program 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 History - The E.S.S. program began in 1980 and is now offered in every elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. All children who attend elementary school in the District are eligible to enroll.

Program Activities - Our program is geared toward expanding each child's world through arts & crafts projects, science activities, reading and language arts reinforcement, and math concept development. Our program reinforces the social, motor, and academic skills children learn in the classroom.

Hours - E.S.S. is open daily, Monday - Friday, from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.




S - science
T - technology
E - engineering
A - art
M - mathematics
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.  The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. Students and staff engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.  We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.



Passion Projects are based on the Genius Hour movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. They are in charge of picking a topic to learn about and have the opportunity to do the research and become "experts" who later can share their findings with the rest of the classroom. 


Poway Unified School District ESS Department will be following the State of California’s Guidelines for Healthy Snacks and will be ordering afternoon snacks through the PUSD Food and Nutrition Dept. starting this school year. Unfortunately, ESS will not purchase alternate snacks for children with specific dietary needs but parents are welcome to send alternate snacks with their children.  ESS Snack Schedules will be provided to parents in advance.  Guidelines for Healthy Snacks in public schools are very specific and can be found at this link by clicking HERE 
.  Thank you for your cooperation as we create a snack schedule which is healthy for the children we serve.  

You can view our snack calendar here.


Helpful Information




Important Dates
March 27th - April 28th -- Summer Enrollment
April 10th - April 13th -- Spring Break
April 14th -- ESS Closed

Chaparral ESS

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 ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761. View Annual Notification of Parents’/Students’ Rights | Annual Notification of Employees’ Rights

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