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Willow Grove ESS

ESS SUPERVISOR: Cameron Shepherd; [email protected]
ESS LEAD ASSISTANT: Jasmine Roozitalab; [email protected]
ESS LEAD ASSISTANT: Ashley Hart-Dulgeroff; [email protected]
ADDRESS: 14727 Via Azul, San Diego, CA 92127
PHONE: (858) 673-6527


2024/2025: Willow Grove Families Interested in ESS


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.

Please find the link to information and registration here.

Your child(ren) must be enrolled at their neighborhood school to which you are applying for ESS, this also applies to families with TK students.  All families with children in elementary school interested in participating in ESS during the 2024-25 school year are required to submit an online application. This includes children currently on the waitlist (for 2023-24).

An application must be completed for each child applying for ESS. This year's application will be available online beginning Monday, March 18, 2024, at 12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time). An email address and internet access will be required to create an account to complete an application. The application must be completed and submitted online.  You may access the application through a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet with internet connection.

All information provided on the application is subject to verification. Falsifying any of the information may disqualify the applicant from receiving ESS services.

It is anticipated that the demand for ESS services may exceed the program capacity at most schools; therefore, it is extremely important that the application be completed and submitted within the initial application timeline (see timeline below). Applicants are accepted into the program based on the rating system outlined below, up to the capacity for each school's program.

Applications became available online beginning Monday, March 18, by 12:00 pm PST and will remain open throughout the school year.

Children will be accepted for enrollment based on prioritization assigned through the lottery. The lottery rankings will be based on the prioritization criteria detailed below, up to the capacity for each school's program. Once ESS has reached its capacity, children not accepted for enrollment will be automatically placed on a waitlist, in the same order of priority determined by the lottery and will be offered an opportunity to enroll as space becomes available throughout the school year.

Parents/guardians may choose to have their child(ren) attend either the before-school and/or after-school programs, if applicable. Choosing only the before-school or after-school program will not affect the rating of the application.

Each application will be rated for the lottery based on the following criteria (listed in order of greatest to least priority):

  1. Unduplicated Pupil (UPP): Foster, McKinney Vento (Homeless), Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, or English Language Learner
  2. PUSD Employee
  3. Families with one parent/guardian currently on military deployment (a copy of orders may be required upon request) 
  4. Single-parent household
  5. Dual parent working family (both parents working at least 40 hours a week)
  6. Was on waitlist for the previous school year

All homeless and foster youth will receive the highest priority for enrollment. Students that meet multiple criteria will be ranked higher in priority, accordingly.


For additional information regarding ESS enrollment at your child's school, you can email [email protected].
2023/2024: Willow Grove Families Interested in ESS

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, you will be contacted by Cameron Shepherd.


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).  We recommend exploring the YMCA's Childcare Resource Service webpage to be referred to other childcare options that may be available in the community.

Voluntary Use Program

All PUSD elementary schools have an Extended Student Services program on 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 E.S.S. enrollment. As a growing organization, each E.S.S. site may experience limitations that factor into the enrollment capacity and may prohibit the acceptance of additional students at any given time.

Important Dates:
January 29, 2024:
School and ESS Closed
February 19 - 23, 2024:
School Closed - Pres. Week
February 20 - 22, 2024:
ESS Open to Enrolled Families
(Pre-Registered Families Only)
April 8 - 12, 2024:
School Closed - Spring Break
April 8 - 11, 2024:
ESS Open to Enrolled Families
(Pre-Registered Families Only)
May 27, 2024:
School and ESS Closed