Admission to elementary-level choice schools is granted through a lottery system. Lottery application forms and information are available at individual school offices. You must have PAUSD-approved proof of residence to apply. For more information on enrolling in a Elementary Choice Program/School review a Parent's Guide to Enrolling in a Choice Prgram/School at the Elementary Level.

When vacancies arise in choice schools, offers for admission are made first to siblings of attending students and then to students chosen through a lottery. Spaces may become available at any time during the school year. Offers for kindergarten are given in February prior to the start of the school year.

Hoover Elementary School

The Hoover approach to learning includes a balance of explicit direct instruction coupled with structured, student-centered activities that increase the depth of student learning and the complexity of their thinking. Student success is fostered through the clear articulation of academic expectations combined with differentiated support and the routine practice of effective communication skills and study habits. Staff and parents also collaborate to provide varied social and emotional learning experiences intended to support each child in realizing his/her full potential.

Ohlone Elementary School

Ohlone's open school philosophy focuses on developmental education. Classrooms emphasize open-ended activities, personalized instruction, and peer tutoring. Teachers facilitate academic, social, and emotional learning.

Mandarin Chinese Dual Immersion Program

The Mandarin Chinese Dual Immersion Program at Ohlone is designed to develop full bilingualism in both Mandarin and English. English-speaking students and native Mandarin speakers are taught together using Mandarin and English instruction to develop bilingual academic fluency. The program will begin in the fall of 2008 with two K-1 classes at Ohlone and will continue through fifth grade. The program aims to:

  • Develop bilingual proficiency and literacy in Mandarin and English
  • Promote academic achievement at or above grade level in both languages
  • Foster positive cross-cultural attitudes

Spanish Dual Immersion Program

The Spanish Dual Immersion Program at Escondido is designed to develop full bilingualism in both Spanish and English. English-speaking students and native Spanish speakers are taught together using Spanish and English instruction to develop bilingual academic fluency. The program begins in kindergarten and continues through fifth grade or middle school. The program aims to:

  • Develop bilingual proficiency and literacy in Spanish and English
  • Promote academic achievement at or above grade level in both languages
  • Foster positive cross-cultural attitudes

Young Fives

The Young Fives program at the Greendell school site is for children who are age eligible for kindergarten but are not ready to enter kindergarten. The program is designed for children who exhibit signs of immaturity or youngness that may prevent them from succeeding in kindergarten and future school years. Parents participate one day a week in the classroom and attend monthly discussion sessions in the evening. Parents apply for the program and the children are selected based on an observational screening process.