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The Pupil Services Department employs a team of professionals implement wide-ranging educational and support programs that provide instruction and services the students of the San Dieguito Union High School District. Listed below are services provided by the Pupil Services Department:
  • American Disabilities Act/Section 504 Accommodations
  • AOD - Alcohol & Other Drugs - READI - Recovery Education Alcohol & Drug Instruction
  • Athletics
  • Custodian of Student Records
  • Grade Challenges
  • Health Services
  • High School Selection
  • Homeless Liaison
  • Home Hospital Instruction
  • Intra/Inter District Transfers
  • ISPE
  • Involuntary Transfer Appeals
  • Juvenile Court Notices - Student Probation
  • Online Health Program
  • Residency Verification
  • SARB - School Attendance Review Board
  • School Safety
  • Student Expulsions 
  • SSS - Student Success Services
  • Subpoenas
  • Suspension Appeals
  • Uniform Complaints


Name Title Phone
Rick Ayala   Director of Pupil Services & Alternative Programs (760) 753-3860 ext. 5601
Meredith Wadley Director of School & Student Services (760) 753-6491 ext. 5531
 Anna Weirather  District Nurse  (760) 753-6241 ext. 3362
Cathy Shroyer Administrative Secretary (760) 753-6491 ext. 5596
Joe Olesky READI Program (760) 436-6136 ext. 6183
Tiffany Findell READI Program (760) 436-6136 ext. 6424

American Disabilities Act/Section 504 Accommodations


Custodian of Student Records

Pupil Services is responsible for maintaining records of students once they leave the San Dieguito Union High School District. The Director of Pupil Services is the Official Custodian of all records. While attending SDUHSD schools, students' records can be found at the school they are attending. Students who move or graduate, and need copies of their records, should first contact the school they attended and request the information needed. This office will assist in providing any school documents. Any legal matters that involve student records should be directed to the Pupil Services Office.

High School Selection

Home/Hospital Instruction

Homeless Liaison

We do everything in our power to provide quality education, opportunities, and services to children and youth facing homelessness. Our district ensures that homeless students and their families know their legal rights to receive those services.  To learn more about federal law specifically protecting the rights of students facing homelessness, and district supports under the law, read about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Inter and Intra District Attendance Permits

The San Dieguito Union High School District transitioned to a Basic Aid funding model in 2008-09. This occurred because the revenue limit (funding per student) has been dramatically reduced by the state. The district now relies solely on local property taxes within the district boundary to operate its schools. We are no longer funded on a per student formula from the state. The transition to Basic Aid funding was not a district election, but a mathematical computation performed by the state.

Under this new funding model and in order to ensure a quality education for students residing within the district, the San Dieguito Union High School District is not approving any new inter-district transfer students for the 2012-13 school year.

Current inter-district students will be allowed to continue at their current SDUHSD school. Siblings of current inter-district transfer students are not eligible to attend any school within SDUHSD..

Intra-district Permits (permits between schools within the San Dieguito Union High School District) originate at your neighborhood school. The neighborhood school is determined by where you reside in the District. The neighborhood school must give permission to leave their school and the school you are requesting must be willing to accept the student. Acceptance is based on the extenuating situation, space availability (program availability) and the individual student's records. Intra-district Permits are basically a contract between school principals.

Residency Verification

San Dieguito Union High School District is obligated to provide an education for those students who reside within its attendance boundaries. From time to time, a student's residency is researched because of continued lateness, returned mail, excessive absence or statements from students indicating they live outside of the District's attendance boundaries. Based on these issues, the District will have a pair of employees visit the residence to verify that the student in question lives there. A report is made as to the findings and that report is forwarded to the individual schools.


The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) supports the individual schools by involving families in attempting to resolve students' attendance problems. Meetings are held once a month at the District office. Individual cases are heard by a panel of professionals that may include law enforcement, San Diego County Office of Education Child Welfare Officer, a San Diego County Probation Officer, as well as district office and school staff.


San Dieguito Union High School District students are disciplined by the use of detention, suspension and expulsion. Pupil Services processes suspensions and expulsions, while detention is totally an individual school function. At the beginning of each year, all students are made aware of the discipline rules and the consequences for not following them. Suspension is utilized for semi-serious to serious violations while expulsion removes a student from the school district. Suspension can be from 1-5 days. A parent conference must be held with the school administration before a student returns to school.

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Rick Ayala
Director of Pupil Services & Alternative Programs
Meredith Wadley
Director of School & Student Services

Recovery Education Alcohol Drug Instruction (READI)