Program Services & Descriptions

The POW Academy for students in PK-8 Grade

The Program of Overall Wellness, also known as the POW Academy is hosted at a BCSD middle school site and gives students access to full day high quality social, emotional, and/or academic instruction during multi-day school breaks.  This academy utilizes content in the overall wellness areas of fitness, nutrition, organic & environmental systems, character development, sportsmanship, community service and social studies to drive skill development in core areas as well as build confidence in peer interactions and language use. Nutrition and transportation are provided as available.


Saturday Academies for students in PK-8 Grade

Saturday academies are 6-8 week academic programs that are aligned with BCSD instructional cycles where students receive high-quality customized instruction differentiated to support their individual social, emotional, and academic growth targets.  Academies typically run in the Fall, Winter, and Spring and provide opportunities for students to prepare, practice, and participate in district, local, state and national competitions as well as include STEM, STEAM, Project Based Learning, sports, and Visual and Performing Arts elements.  Academies take place at one or more BCSD site full days on Saturdays.  Nutrition and transportation are provided as available.


Extended Day Instruction

Multiple school sites around the district offer students one hour of supplemental instruction one or more days after school each week.  Instruction is differentiated to meet the specific needs of participating students as well as is delivered by collaborating team members responsible for core instruction.  Participating students also have the opportunity to build their home libraries as well as participate in limited session thematic units where they are able to enjoy the productive struggle involved in pursuing and achieving skills mastery.


Academia Cultural

These events, hosted at the Migrant Programs Office in the Migrant Dedicated Classroom bring families together to bridge the disconnect between children and adults within a family and a community attributed to cultural differences and misunderstandings that are a result of those differences.  Attendees learn more about generational differences in childhood experiences as well as come together to share their stories and traditions as part of redefining community culture and supporting the overall wellness of students within our sphere of responsibility and influence.


STEAM Nights

Once a month, families from around the district are invited to come together for an evening exploring strategies for how adults can best support their students, participate in hands-on activities for parents to be introduced to the current popular trends teachers are using in classrooms or sending home for homework, practice utilizing common household tasks to build language and 21st Century Skills, and learn how to use text – any text – to develop lifelong literacy habits as well as give families a chance to spend productive time with their family members.

Evening Programs

One evening or more a week, the Migrant Education Region 21 Program Office hosts various 3-hour programs tailored to meet the needs of students in engaging formats that disperses the responsibility of teaching and learning across stakeholders including students, staff, families, and community leaders.  Evening programs include the Mariachi Performing Arts Academy, Cafe Migrante: Open Mic Talent and Poetry Night, One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern: Leadership & Literacy, Young Authors’ Night: Expressive Language in letters and form, Gallery 21: Visual Art, Club 21: Orators Only, as well as hosting school site nights in collaboration with school site leadership.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.