RANCHO PENASQUITOS – One of the most popular classes at Westview High School usually has a waiting list, and the children like it so much they sometimes cry when it's time to go home.
Marshall Lehew, an aide with Westview High School's full-day preschool program, chatted with a shy Sasha Greenhall recently.
Westview's preschoolers may not be learning calculus or economics like the teenagers in nearby classrooms, but amid the singing, drawing and playing in the sandbox, they are learning skills meant to prepare them for future success in education and life.
The Poway Unified School District is known as an academic powerhouse, serving about 32,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. What is less well-known is that the district also offers preschool programs at more than half its campuses.