Poway Unified School District

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Poway Unified School District is a school district located in Poway, California. The District operates 25 elementary schools (K-5), six middle schools (6-8), five comprehensive high schools (9-12), and one continuation high school.[1] Twenty-one of its schools are located in the city of San Diego; eleven others are in the city of Poway. The District serves approximately 33,000 students in San Diego County and is the third-largest school district in the County. Currently enrolled high school students may earn credits to meet high school graduation requirements by taking career-technical education classes offered by Regional Occupation Program at various sites throughout the District after school and in the evenings. These courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply academic skills, explore and prepare for careers, develop leadership skills, and ultimately to provide students with the skills necessary for a successful transition to post-secondary education and the workforce.[2]

The Poway Regional Occupation Program is affiliated with the San Diego County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program. Students can take classes from other school districts which are participating in the Regional Occupational Program.


High Schools in the PUSD District[edit]

Middle Schools in the PUSD District[edit]

Elementary Schools in the PUSD District[edit]

http://www.powayusd.com/PUSDDesign39/ Design 39 Campus Elementary School

School Construction and Renovation[edit]

Schools built for 500 children had as many as 700 children attending. Poway High School, built to hold 1,500 students, had 3,100 students in attendance in the 2004-2005 school year. The oldest school building in the district was built in 1949. Many of the other school district's buildings were constructed in the mid 1970s and were nearly 30 years old. Much of the initial wiring, plumbing, mechanical systems, and structures remained as they were.

In November 2002 voters approved the $198 million Proposition U bond measure; and an additional $179 million bond (Proposition C) in 2008. The money will reportedly fund renovation, repairs, and construction at existing schools within the school district. Add additional classrooms; upgrade electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems for safety and efficiency. Upgrade District school facilities to meet current safety codes, and add new science and technology classrooms.[4]

A requirement of Proposition U & C is the establishment of the Citizens' Oversight Committee. In May 2009 committee chair Chrissa Corday in a final Community Report concluded "the goals achieved under Proposition U continue to foster voter confidence in the building program, as reflected in the successful passage of Proposition C, the ballot measure passed by PUSD voters in February 2008 that provides $179 million in bond authorization." Corday cited many notable accomplishments including the demolition and reconstruction of Midland Elementary School(the District’s oldest elementary school. The total modernization and expansion of both Poway High School and Mt. Carmel High; including the addition of a 2-story, 81,000 square foot classroom building at Poway High. Construction of new classrooms to replace portable buildings and upgrades to restroom facilities, complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The renovation and expansion of libraries and computer labs. Complete modernization of 7 of the oldest elementary schools in the district. Full modernization and renovation of Twin Peaks Middle School. And full technology upgrades.[5]

Some voters argued that the amount to be repaid was exorbitant. When presenting the bond offerings the district guaranteed no increases in property taxes would be levied. Which required repayment to come from other non traditional sources. County Treasurer and tax collector Dan McAllister wondered about the future economic impact. “It’s not just this generation, or the next generation, but probably two generations down the road,” McAllister said of the economic impact of the bond. “We’re not saying this is going to end up an Armageddon situation, but potentially the risks are much greater with this kind of financing than what would be a more traditional way,” he added. [6]


  1. ^ "School Listings - Poway Unified School District". http://www.powayusd.com/schools/. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  2. ^ About PUSD
  3. ^ Abraxas High School (Eagles)
  5. ^ Corday,Chrissa "Building for Success Program community report" Citizen's Oversight Committee May 2009
  6. ^ http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Poway-to-Pay-Nearly-10-Times-What-it-Borrowed-Report-165216096.html#ixzz3NJ8UTOMq

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