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SJUSD Expanded Learning Opportunities Program

Expanded learning” means before-school, after-school, summer, or intersession learning programs that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. It is the intent of the Legislature that expanded learning programs are pupil-centered, results-driven, include community partners, and complement, but do not replicate, learning activities during the regular school day and school year.
SJUSD seeks to provide equity and access to expanded learning opportunities for each and every scholar to support the regular school day in creating scholars who can learn at high levels, are culturally responsive, and promote social responsibility.
These opportunities will target 30 non-instructional calendar days with direct student services for up to nine hours a day. The non-instructional days may include but are not limited to summer break, intersessions, Saturdays, and before/after school hours.

The Afterschool program is a free after-school program offered to SJUSD K-8 students.  The program is designed to provide a safe, structured, engaging, and academically enriching after-school environment for students in grades K-8 through critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and social-emotional learning supports. Our goal is to be an engaging extension to the regular school day, building student success, self-esteem, connectedness, and equity. 


Research states that students who attend an afterschool program show statistically significant improvement in connection to the school, academic learning, boost attendance, and supports the acquisition of foundational skills. Afterschool Alliance Research.


The Afterschool program is provided free to all participating students, thanks to the California Department of Education’s After-School Education and Safety (ASES) and Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) grants. The Afterschool program is a collaboration between SJUSD, parents, and several community organizations including Think Together, Valley-Wide Parks and Recreation, Diamond Valley Arts Council, Making Musica, Sports for Learning, and STEM to the Future.


The afterschool program operates every school day from the dismissal of the regular school day (full day or minimum day) until 6:00 pm.


The Afterschool program offers the following activities:


  • A nutritious snack
  • A dedicated homework time
  • Academic and social enrichment activities
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Project-based learning
  • Art instruction
  • Outdoor sports and recreation
  • Enhanced technology access
  • Computer Coding Clubs  

EXPLORE  The EXPLORE program operates on days when school is not in session (intersessions). The program is not open during holidays. SJUSD staff and community partners support the student program. The program focuses on creating a safe and supportive environment while engaging students with expanded access to phenomenon-driven learning while building respectful relationships through active enrichment opportunities. The days that programming will be provided for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:

Non-Student Days

Friday, October 6, and Monday, October 9 ( 2 days )

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 22 ( 3 days )

Winter Break

Monday, December 18 - Thursday, December 21 ( 4 days )

President’s Week

Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23 ( 4 days )

Summer Camp

Monday, June 10 -  Thursday, June 27 ( 11 days )

Monday, July 1 - Thursday, July 16, 2024 (11 days)

*Summer camp is run Monday through Thursday with no camp on June 19th or July 4th.

Hours of Operation

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

San Jacinto Unified 2023-2024 Summer Academy Registration Form
June 10 - July 16 ( 22 days )

In an effort to ensure San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) is providing students and families of the afterschool program with quality service, we have asked our SJUSD families for some feedback. This process is centered around the CQI cycle also known as the Continuous Quality Improvement cycle. During this process, we received survey responses from SJUSD families about how the afterschool program supports the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs to assist in investigating successes and growth areas.  


The following 6 standards were surveyed.
  • Safe and supportive environments

  • Active and engaged learning

  • Skill building

  • Youth voice and leadership

  • Healthy choices and behaviors

  • Diversity, access, and equity

You can learn about the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs by accessing the website below. 

Community Partnerships
SJUSD is proud to offer services provided by key educational partners. SJUSD has partnered with the Riverside County Office of Education, The Cesar Chavez Education Foundation, Think Together, Valley-Wide Parks and Recreation, Diamond Valley Arts Council, Making Musica, Sports for Learning, and STEM to the Future to provide academic enrichment, social-emotional connection, physical activities, and creative learning opportunities through projects and play. 
Name Title Extension
Dr. Vince Record Director, CTE and Special Programs 4303
Benjamin Plá Expanded Learning Program Specialist 4316
Tracy Simpson Administrative Secretary, CTE, and Special Programs 4313
Evelyn Garcia Secretary, Expanded Learning Programs 4317
Britney Nichols Data Management Technician, Expanded Learning Program 4302
Dr. Vince Record
Career Technical Education & Special Programs 
Benjamin Plá
Expanded Learning Program 
Tracy Simpson
Administrative Secretary
Career Technical Education & Special Programs
Evelyn Garcia
Expanded Learning Programs
Britney Nichols
Data Management Tech
Expanded Learning Programs