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Please choose the program below to learn more about the Expanded Learning Opportunities we have to support Hemet USD students.


The Individualized Student Assistance department oversees several programs within the ELO-Programs.


Short Term Independent Study (ST-IDS) is an optional alternative instructional strategy for students whose needs may best be met through study outside of the regular classroom setting due to an emergency, vacation, or illness. Students on short term independent study remain enrolled at their home school and will return to the regular classroom at the conclusion of their short term contract. The minimum period of time for a short term independent study contract is 3 consecutive school days. The maximum period of time is 14 school days. No student can exceed 14 total days of short term independent study during the school year.


Temporary Program Independent Study (TP-IDS) is for those students who have exceeded 14 days of ST-IDS and need to continue in a temporary independent study setting. This alternative instructional setting is not intended to be permanent and students are encouraged to return to their homeschool site as soon as possible.


Student Support Partner Program (SSPP) The Student Support Partner Program (SSPP) is specifically designed to improve the achievement of focus student populations - such as homeless and foster youth - by adding academic and/or social and emotional support during high school, beginning in grade 9. Student Support Partners accompany a caseload of approximately 20 at-promise students through facilitating connection to resources, district and community supports and advocating on behalf of them when a student's need requires an adult advocate. This advocacy includes supporting students and families in building self-reliance in eliminating or minimizing the impact of the situational or systemic barriers that prevent regular school attendance.

Hemet Unified School District is maximizing funding resources to provide quality programs for all Hemet Unified students through an expanded and updated Saturday School Program. By participating in Saturday School, students will benefit from the following:

  • Assistance in reading and/or math
  • Help with homework
  • Participate in credit recovery 
  • Participate in fun enrichment activities such as science, art, theater, STEM, etc.
  • Increase physical fitness through fun PE activities
  • Healthy Lunch before going home 


While students benefit by participating in the fun Saturday activities, the district will be able to recoup funds to help provide continued quality instruction. The following dates have been established for Saturday School sessions for all Hemet Unified School District sites. You will be notified one or two weeks before each date of Saturday School.


2023- 2024 School Year Saturday School Dates:

September 23, 2023

October 28, 2023

December 9, 2023

January 20, 2024

February 10, 2024

March 23, 2024



If you have questions, please contact the

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Office at

951-765-5100 x 3561



Think Together’s Afterschool Expanded Learning Programs provide meaningful academic and enrichment activities to k-12 students. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, provide them with homework support and dynamic learning time, while helping working families. Think Together’s curriculum is focused on English Language Arts, Math, STEM, Youth Development, and Arts & Enrichment. Parents have seen improvements in their children’s behavior, school attendance, and school performance when they participate in afterschool programs. Expanded Learning Programs are one way Think Together is partnering with schools and communities to close the achievement gap. CLICK HERE to learn more.
CLICK HERE to register for any of the following programs.
Students Achieving in Fun Environments SAFE/ZONE operates five days a week (Monday – Friday) and begins right after-school and ends at 6:00 pm (6:30 pm for middle schools). Parents/guardians currently have the option to pick up their students at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, or 6:00 pm (5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 6:30 pm for middle schools). The program’s focus is to support the social-emotional, academic, physical need and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. The activities are to be pupil centered, results driven, include community partners, and compliment, but not replicate, learning activities from the regular school day. The daily components of the program which are requirements of the grant are:  1) Nutritious Snack/Supper 2) Recreation  3) Enrichment 4) Homework Support.
B4 the Bell
B4 the Bell operates five days a week (Monday - Friday) starting at 6:00 AM until the regular school day begins. Parents/guardians have a choice of predetermined times to drop off their student at a designated location at the school site. The program’s focus is to positively engage students so they are sent off into the regular school day ready to learn. The morning activities students will engage in are inclusive of, but not limited to the following: Homework Help, Academic Enrichment, Mindfulness, Self-Management, Social and Self Awareness Activities, Relationship Skill Building, and Responsible Decision Making.

Scholarly Minds


Scholarly Minds Academic Enrichment Program operates five days a week (Monday-Friday) and begins right after school and ends forty-five to ninety minutes after the regular school day has ended. Parents have the option to have their student participate one to five days a week and also have a choice to select an appropriate pick up time based on student needs. Students will receive daily encouragement to complete daily goals in English Language Arts with a focus on the mechanics of reading, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension. The daily math goals that are provided will deepen conceptual understanding which will support mathematical understanding towards higher level mathematics. Parents/guardians, teachers, middle school counselors, and school site administrators may recommend a student for entry into the program, but the parent/guardian must sign the student up for enrollment considerations.





CHAMPS (Champions Inspire, Have Respect, Accountability, Manage Behavior, Positive Attitude, Strive for Success) operates up to five days a week (Monday-Friday) and students will report to a predetermined location right after school. Parents will have various release times to pick up their student when the activity is over. Parents/guardians can sign up their students for more than one enrichment activity each day, which will allow students to participate one or more days a week. Bussing may be required for some activities and parents/guardians will be notified in advance of this arrangement. The recreational enrichment activities are inclusive of, but not limited to the following: Soccer, Volleyball, Band, Strings, Art, Dance, Lego Robotics, Knitting, Board Games, E-Sports, Gaming and so much more.


Passport to Vacation operates on days when school is not in session (non-student work days) but does not operate on holidays. Teachers and external vendors partner with the ELO-Program to prepare engaging activities to strengthen 21st Century Skills while encouraging student collaboration. The days that programming will be provided for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:



No School for Students:

Friday, October 20 (1 day)

Thanksgiving Break:

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

January Break:

Wednesday, January 3 – Friday, January 5 & January 8 (4 days)

Presidents Week:

Tuesday, February 20 – Thursday, February 22 (3 days)

Spring Break:

Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5 (5 days)

Summer Jam:

Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 28 (15 days)

CLICK HERE to read our 2023-2024 Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Plan.
CLICK HERE to read our 2023-2024 SAFE/ZONE Program Plan (ASES).