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Shoal Creek ESS

Supervisor:  Erin Gray Ligsay  [email protected]
Lead Assistant:  Karina Denegri  [email protected]
Lead Assistant:  Vacant
Phone: (858) 613-0822
Address: 11775 Shoal Creek Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 

For Families interested in enrolling for the 2024/2025 school year:


New Student Enrollment for Grades TK-5 for the 2024-2025 school year does not automatically enroll students in the Extended Student Services (ESS) before and/or after school program. A separate application process for ESS is required for all new students.


Effective for the 2024-2025 school year, new applications to the ESS program will be centrally managed by the District Office, Before/After School Department through a single application and interest list. Information on how to apply for ESS for the upcoming school year, will be available on the ESS WEBPAGE starting on January 19, 2024.


Submitting an application for ESS does not guarantee participation in the program. It is anticipated that the demand for the ESS program will exceed the program capacity at most schools. Should a site be determined near capacity for ESS enrollment, a lottery process may be necessary to determine new student placement in the program.

Students in Grades TK-4 participating in the ESS program during the current 2023-2024 school year, will be considered continuing students and will not need to re-apply. Continuing students will receive continuing registration information directly from the ESS Site Supervisor by January 19, 2024.


Students in Grades TK-4 currently on an ESS waitlist for the program must apply as a new student to the program for the 2024-2025 school year.




We extend our gratitude to our PUSD community for your patience and understanding as we navigate our inaugural year of centralized enrollment through the new ESS application management system.

Please take note of this important update to the lottery draw timeline for SY 24/25.



3/18- 5/31/24






ESS Interest Application Closed for Maintenance


ESS Lottery Draw for ALL GRADES - School Year 24/25


Families Notified

ESS will notify Parents/guardians whether their child(ren) has been accepted to enroll in the program or placed on a waitlist.


ESS Interest Application Re-Opened


Enroll new families via ProCare

Once notified of acceptance to the 2024-2025 school year, official ESS enrollment links will be emailed to families.  You are required to complete the online registration by July 8th.  Failure to complete your online registration by July 8th will forfeit your spot.




Second Chance Draw-  If space permits by site


If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

We anticipate that interest in the ESS program will greatly exceed the enrollment capacity at each school site, resulting in most families being placed on a waitlist.


Families that need alternate resources can visit:



For Families interested in enrolling for the current 2023/2024 school year:


For the 2023-2024 school year, there continues to be higher demand from the community for this type of enrichment program than PUSD has the capacity to enroll. As such, enrollment is now CLOSED.  If space becomes available, your site supervisor, Erin Gray Ligsay will reach out to you. In the meantime, we wish your family all the best as you seek alternative before/after school care and enrichment programs for your child(ren).  If you have not already done so, we recommend exploring the YMCA's Childcare Resource Service webpage to be referred to other childcare options that may be available in the community.

ESS Overview

Mission Statement - "E.S.S. is a bridge between school and home where children are encouraged to learn, create, and explore within their school, community, and world."

Program Overview - This extended-day program expands the excellence of each child's school experience into before and after school. E.S.S. is staffed by highly qualified professionals and trained program assistants. The staff provides for the academic and social needs of children in safe and nurturing environments. There is time, space, encouragement, and support for learning good study habits.

Voluntary Use Program - ESS is a voluntary use program. All PUSD elementary schools have an Extended Student Services program on their campus. Our organization works diligently to accommodate and serve working families in need of before and after school care. A student's enrollment at an elementary school does not guarantee them ESS enrollment. As a growing organization, each ESS site may experience limitations that factor into the enrollment capacity and may prohibit the acceptance of additional students at any given time.

Program History - The E.S.S. program began in 1980 and is now offered in every elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. All children who attend elementary school in the District are eligible to enroll.

Program Activities - Our program is geared toward expanding each child's world through arts & crafts projects, science activities, reading and language arts reinforcement, and math concept development. Our program reinforces the social, motor, and academic skills children learn in the classroom.

Hours - E.S.S. is open daily, Monday - Friday, from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.


E.S.S. Embraces ENRICH, an acronym to include the following areas of enrichment, to use as a Guide for Staff Planning:

E xercise mind & body
N urturing
R eading & Relationships
I nvestigating Interests
C haracter Counts!, Creative Thinking, & the Arts
H aving Fun!

We believe that the children's extended day will be enriched by providing a balanced activity calendar that will support their growth and development. We want to encourage the children to explore their interests, motivate them to achieve their personal best, and relax and have fun with friends.