Alternative Programs

13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064

Teen Parent Program
Twin Peaks Center, Building 200

Poway Unified School District applies no rule concerning a student's actual or potential parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently on the basis of sex. PUSD does not exclude or deny any student from any educational program or activity solely on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery there from.  Pregnant students and parenting students are not excluded from participation in their regular school programs or required to participate in pregnant-student programs or alternative education programs.

Pregnant and parenting students who opt for an alternative educational setting may attend Poway Unified School District's Teen Parent Program located at Poway High School. This program allows students to attend school with their babies and complete their coursework either through traditional classroom instruction or independent study. The programs, activities and courses are equal to those offered in the regular program. Poway Unified School District treats pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, and recovery there from in the same manner and under the same policies as any other temporary disability.


The same curriculum that is required and used in the traditional schools is used in the Teen Parent Program based upon:

  • PUSD Academic Standards
  • California State Standards
  • California State Frameworks
  • Stanford-9 standardized test objectives as prescribed by the state of California


Students meet one-on-one with a credentialed teacher during regularly scheduled weekly appointments. New Directions individualized learning plans are prepared and require independent completion.

Students work on 1-2 lessons at a time. Students may also take classes not offered by New Directions such as physical education, advanced math, and science labs on the Poway High School campus.

The ultimate goal is to continue the education of these young men and women and prepare them and their children for success in school and society.


Alternative Programs Staff Directory

Kathleen Porter, Executive Director

Patty Hurtt, Assistant Principal
Fax 858-679-2630
Michele Cass, Administrative Assistant
858 - 748 - 0010, Ext. 2063

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identification, gender expression, mental or physical disability.  For more information, please contact the Associate Superintendent, Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406.

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