The Poway Unified School of the best in California!

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A Word About Poway Unified Schools

Good schools are an important part of every community. We are proud to live and work in one of the best public school districts in the state.  Our family moved to San Diego 12 years ago.  At that time we had two sons in middle school and a son and a daughter in elementary school.  Twelve years later one son graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, two sons graduated from Pepperdine, and our daughter is at Cal State Long Beach.  In moving and deciding where to live, schools and the school district were one of the most important considerations to us.  We could not be happier with the schools our kids attended and the Poway Unified School District as a whole. 

More than 90% of the PUSD graduates go on to college and there are over 17,000 PTA/PTSA members.  We can tell you from our own experience that parent involvement is very active and  positive. We invite you to visit our schools, to talk with the teachers, and speak with other parents about what they like and dislike. And after you settle into the area, we encourage you to become an involved participant in your child's education. We are certain you will notice a positive outcome.

The Poway Unified School District is one of the most renowned public school systems in California. PUSD serves the following communities:


Rancho Penasquitos

Rancho Bernardo

Carmel Mountain Ranch

Sabre Springs

Torrey Highlands

4S Ranch

Black Mountain Ranch

Look below to see how each elementary, middle, and high school in the Poway School District ranks. You can also link to each school's website for more information.

For more information on the PUSD or other San Diego County schools, relocation, or our buyer program guarantee, call or email anytime.

Dan Christensen

1 800-969-6386

Click on Links to Lean More About Each School

Poway District

2005-2006 API

Adobe Bluffs Elementary


Canyon View Elementary


Chaparral Elementary


Creekside Elementary


Deer Canyon Elementary


Garden Road Elementary


Highland Ranch Elementary


Los Penasquitos Elementary


Midland Elementary


Morning Creek Elementary


Painted Rock Elementary


Park Village Elementary


Pomerado Elementary


Rolling Hills Elementary


Shoal Creek Elementary


Sundance Elementary


Sunset Hills Elementary


Tierra Bonita Elementary


Turtleback Elementary


Valley Elementary


Westwood Elementary


Bernardo Heights Middle


Black Mountain Middle


Meadowbrook Middle


Mesa Verde Middle


Twin Peaks Middle


Mt. Carmel High


Poway High


Rancho Bernardo High


West View High


Go to PUSD

2005-2006 San Diego Academic Performance Index Report

The Academic Performance Index (API) is one of a three-part education reform package passed by state legislators in 1999.

Each school receives a three-digit score ranging from 200 - 1,000 based on results of a statewide test taken by students in spring 2004.

The state target was 800. A school that does not meet the target is given an improvement target that is 5 percent of the difference between the school's scores and 800.

Schools that meet the improvement target next year are eligible for financial rewards from the state.

Schools that consistently fail to meet the improvement target are subject to sanctions, including removal of the principal, closure of the school and the transferring of teaching staff.

The ranking is part of a new law called the Public Schools Accountability Act and aims to hold schools accountable for improvement in student performance over time.

Currently, the only variable being used to determine a school's ranking in the index are the results from the Stanford Achievement Test-Ninth Edition.

In the future the index will also include attendance rates, graduations rates and results from an upcoming high school exit exam.

Comments (1)

Shawna Nichols
My family and I live in Rancho Bernardo and I must agree, the PUSD is an absolutely wonderful school district and the reason that my family chose to move into this community.  We are absolutely loving it, and our kids are thriving in school and athletics.  We couldn't be happier here.
Oct 03, 2007 06:25 AM