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A Safe, Positive, Nurturing environment where Ventura Unified students succeed & thrive!


Students are provided many opportunities to experience success, including;  
  • Academic support to be successful during the regular school day
  • Experiences that advance 21st-century learning skills in a variety of environments
  • Participation in diverse enrichment including art, music, cooking, technology, and STEM/STEAM
  • Leadership and social skills building
  • Daily structured physical activity, recreation, and/or sports
  • Encouragement from caring adult staff Many opportunities to experience success 
  • Healthy snacks/supper

Contact Us

Kelly McFadden Lara
VUSD Program Specialist
805-641-5000 ext. 1035

 Jamie Gill
City of Ventura
Youth Programs Coordinator

Chip Tarleton
City of Ventura
Youth Programs Supervisor

Julie O'Brien
Ventura Family YMCA
Youth Programs Director
805-642-2131 ext. 2123

Erin Kline                                                                                        Director of Operations                                                                     Boys and Girls Club of Ventura                                                      805-641-5585 ext. 302



VUSD Expanded Learning/After School Programs provide a safe, positive, and nurturing after school environment that enhances our students’ educational experiences, and increases their academic success so that they become healthy, confident and responsible members of our Ventura community.

Locations and Hours

Ventura Unified School District supports FREE after school programs to students and families at the following locations.  Space is limited.  All Expanded Learning/After School Programs operate every day school is in session.  Programs begin immediately after the school day.  All programs currently end at 5:30pm except the high school ASSETS programs.  Please call or email for more information.


ASES/PEAK 12:30-5:30pm Daily*

  • ATLAS Elementary
  • Blanche Reynolds Elementary
  • Elmhurst
  • E.P. Foster Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Montalvo Elementary
  • Portola Elementary
  • Sheridan Way Elementary
  • Sunset School
  • Will Rogers Elementary
  • DATA Middle School
ASSETs hours may vary by site
  • Pacific High School     until 3:00pm Daily 
  • Ventura High School   until 5:00pm Daily 

 *ASES/PEAK start times vary based on the academic program

Program Elements

The  Expanded Learning/After School programs must be aligned with, and not be a repeat of, the content of regular school day and other extended learning opportunities. A safe physical and emotional environment, as well as opportunities for relationship building, must be provided.  Expanded Learning/After School programs must consist of the two elements below.  Program leaders work closely with school site principals and staff to align both elements with the school's curriculum, instruction, and learning support activities.

1.    Educational and Literacy opportunities- provide tutoring and/or homework assistance designed to help students meet state standards in one or more of the following core academic subjects: reading/language arts, mathematics, history, and social studies, or science. A broad range of activities may be implemented based on local student needs and interests.

2.    Educational and Literacy opportunities- must offer an array of services, programs, and activities that reinforce and complement the school’s academic program. Educational enrichment may include but is not limited to, positive youth development strategies, recreation, and prevention activities. Such activities might involve the visual and performing arts, music, physical activity, health/nutrition promotion, and general recreation; career awareness and work preparation activities; community service-learning; and other youth development activities based on what student needs and interests are. 


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