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Elementary Education

After School Education and Safety (ASES)
Woodland Joint Unified School District has After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs at eight elementary school sites: Beamer, Dingle, Freeman, Maxwell, Plainfield, Tafoya, Whitehead and Woodland Prairie. The ASES program is funded through a state grant and requires students to attend the program until 6:00 pm each and every day. The program starts immediately after school and consists of homework support, enrichment, recreation and a nutritious snack. Our mission is to create an enriching, safe, academic and fun environment, conducive to learning, that will impact students' education and lives in a positive manner. The program is open to students in grades two through six; some sites allow kindergarten and first grade students. 
For more information contact, DeAnn Tenhunfeld, here or the ASES Site Coordinators:
  • Beamer Elementary ASES: Adriana Pedroza  530-681-7919
  • Dingle Elementary ASES: Erika Reyes 530-867-1996
  • Freeman Elementary ASES: Lupita Hernandez 530-867-2107
  • Maxwell Elementary ASES: Alexandra Diaz 530-867-2147
  • Plainfield Elementary ASES: Itza Gonzalez 530-723-8425
  • Tafoya Elementary ASES: Mayra Chavez 530-867-2150
  • Whitehead Elementary ASES: Monica Coronado 530-867-2182
  • Woodland Prairie Elementary ASES: Karely Gamboa 530-723-0872
Dual Immersion
The Spanish/English Dual Immersion (DI) program at WJUSD provides a pathway for students to become bilingual and biliterate.  Students receive 50% English instruction and 50% Spanish instruction.  Students who successfully meet the state requirements can then receive the California State Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma upon high school graduation.
The DI program is offered at the following sites:
  • Beamer Park Elementary
  • Woodland Prairie Elementary
  • Dingle Elementary
For more information contact, Maria Orozco, email

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The purpose of the GATE program is to provide challenging curriculum and instruction for students who are capable of achieving at a level significantly beyond that of their grade level. 

Each year a short test called the Raven Progressive Matrices is given to every third grade student in the district to determine whether the student may be eligible for this program.  Parents are notified in writing if their child is determined to be GATE eligible. 

GATE identified students, in grades 4-8, are invited to participate in after school GATE enrichment classes.  Annually we host a Geography Bee, Art classes, and a summer Algebra Academy course.  Eligible students will receive an invitation letter for each enrichment program along with instructions on how to sign up.  Once invitation letters are sent out, please visit for additional information on current GATE enrichment classes.

For a list of GATE resources, visit California Department of Education's GATE website at
For information about school site services, please contact your school site Principal. 
For GATE Teacher Training Information, click here.
Transitional Kindergarten  
Transitional Kindergarten is an early childhood education program that builds a bridge between the preschool years and the traditional kindergarten curriculum for children not meeting the state's new kindergarten-age enrollment date.

A child is eligible for transitional kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year if their fifth (5th) birthday is between September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020.

The school sites with TK classrooms are: Beamer, Gibson, Maxwell, Spring Lake and Whitehead Elementary Schools. Parents must apply and submit their applications to the WJUSD Enrollment Services.

For more information, please call Enrollment Services at (530) 406-3240.