About Poway The Poway Unified School District is located in northern San Diego County, California. Encompassing an area of 100 square miles, district schools are situated in suburban San Diego and throughout the rural city of Poway. Poway Unified School District is fortunate to serve a community that historically places a high value on education. Staff and parents work to support our mission, along with support from business and community partnerships. This support helps the district keep pace with technology and participate with the business community in meaningful activities that benefit all students. Through these links, students are able to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success in the 21st century.
PUSD operates 25 elementary schools (K-5), six middle schools (6-8), five comprehensive high schools (9-12), one continuation high school, 27 preschools and alternative programs. The majority of the district schools are located in the city of San Diego; 11 schools are located in the city of Poway; and several schools are in the unincorporated area of San Diego County. The district serves 35,192 K-12 students, and is the third largest school district in the county. The student population is represented by the following ethnicities: African American 2.74 percent; American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.26 percent; Asian 25.79 percent; Hispanic 13.67 percent; Pacific Islander 0.49 percent; White 52.36 percent, other 4.69 percent.
The district and superintendent worked closely with the Board of Education and representative site and district staff during 2007-08 to rewrite the district’s Strategic Vision for 2008-2014. In the resulting vision document, it is affirmed that Poway schools must serve as the “gateway” rather than “gatekeeper” in creating powerful learning experiences that will prepare students for future success. The district sees a moral imperative that each student graduate college-ready in order to pursue a full range of postsecondary options and be prepared for life beyond high school. Being college-ready is not defined as the anticipation that all students will attend college, but instead as preparing all students to have a full range of postsecondary education and training options available to them after high school. Serving as the gateway to students’ futures, a Poway education opens—not restricts—the range of opportunities and choices available to students, and prepares them for success as they pursue their interests and passions upon graduation.
Placing students as full participants in their assessment and academic planning has been an ongoing practice across Poway Unified School District’s classrooms. Utilizing the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), the district
One of Poway’s college-readiness initiatives is the commitment to seamlessly integrate AVID into all secondary schools. Over the last five years, we have continuously trained teachers in AVID Critical Reading and Writing, which aligns with, and strengthens, our work with California st