Educational Options Overview


Abraxas High School

Abraxas High School is a continuation high school that serves students who benefit from educational environment that is smaller, more intimate, and more flexible than the comprehensive high schools.

For students who may be at risk of not receiving a high school diploma, Abraxas serves a role for hundreds of students to make high school graduation a reality. Abraxas is recommended for students age 17 to 19 who may be as much as 50 short of the required high school graduation credits. Regular attendance at Abraxas is required, Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 1:15 PM each day.

Please be advised the Abraxas curriculum does not meet the A-G requirements for UC and CSU. However those wishing to pursue higher education do so through the Community College system.


Alt Programs

Alternative Programs provides programs, services and resources to 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;

Hospital/Home Instruction;

New Directions;

Summer School;

Teen Parents;

Youth in Transition


Poway Adult School

With parent and counselor consent, concurrently enrolled high school students may make up high school credit by attending classes in the evenings through Poway Adult School on a space-availiable basis.

Instrucitonal options available include Independent Study (meeting weekly with an instructor, completing assignments, and demonstrating mastery of the materials), the Learning Center (a supportive, classroom environment with learning opportunities using computer-assisted instruction), and direct instruction in a classroom setting.

Poway Virtual Courses

For students wishing to make up credit, accelerate their learning, or explore subjects not offered at their school site, Poway Virtual Courses offers a varity of online and blended online courses to students from around the District. Some courses require weekly face-to-face meetings (blended) and others only meet face-to-face for exams.




New Directions

New Directions 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.


Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education is rigorous coursework that integrates academic subjects with relevant, challenging technical and occupational knowledge. In Career Technical Education pathways, students incorporate applied learning across disciplines preparing them for both college and career.



Online Classes

PUSD online courses are developed with the intent that students will need to spend 80hrs total in order to complete the coursework.


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