School - ASES Program Handbook

Santa Maria Valley ASES

Santa Maria-Bonita School District
708 S. Miller Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454

In partnership with:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Maria Valley
  • The Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County
  • Peoples' Self-Help Housing
  • The City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Department
  • The Santa Maria Valley Y.M.C.A
  • The Santa Maria Bonita School District

Our "Mission" in the Santa Maria Valley ASES program is to teach and facilitate learning in a cooperative and safe environment. 


Our "Vision" is to prepare children to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and successful citizens.

ASES Sites & Cell Numbers  RulesBe Safe

  • I will think safety first. 
  • I will stay with my group at all times.
Be Responsible 

  • I will bring my homework or a book to read.
  • I will bring my very best attitude.
  • I will participate fully in class activities.
Be Respectful 

  • I will listen to my teacher.
  • I will show others respect in words and actions.
  • I will respect the classroom and school grounds I am using and leave them the way I found them.

Enrollment is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Families must submit enrollment paperwork each year & must be willing to make a commitment to meet a 15 hour per week requirement for students in grades K-6 and 9 hours per week for grades 7 & 8. 

Program Description

A.S.E.S. offers an After School Program at 21 sites in the Santa Maria Bonita School District.

Homework assistance is provided.

ASES provides a safe and engaging environment for its students. The program has an academic and enrichment focus based upon California academic content standards.

The program begins at the end of the regular school day (site specific), running until 6:00 pm (6:30 for Junior High) and operates each day students are in session.

In addition to a snack, each student attending ASES may participate in the supper program. The supper is served between 4:00 and 4:30 each day.

IDs will be checked each day at sign-out time (for student safety) 

The program will: 

  • Maintain a student to staff ratio of 20:1
  • Provide an academic and enrichment component
  • Monitor attendance to ensure student attendance meets a minimum of 15 hours per week for students in K-6 and 9 hours per week for students in grades 7-8 
  • Maintain and submit expenditure and attendance reports as directed by the state.

Homework time is scheduled daily and assistance is provided based on student needs. The ASES staff will make every effort to assist students with the completion of homework but the ASES program does not guarantee that all homework will be completed. Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss individual student needs with the ASES staff.
Per Board policy:

  • Kindergarten - homework assignments should stimulate students to talk often with a strong literacy component
  • Grades 1 - 3 - homework should be approximately 30 minutes
  • Grades 4 - 6 - homework should be approximately 1 hour
  • Grades 7 & 8 - homework should be approximately 1.5 hours 
Early Release/Late Arrival

Under normal conditions, the check-out process will begin after 5:30 p.m., with the expectation that all students will be checked out no later than 6:00 p.m. (6:30 for Junior High). There will be occasions when your child will need to be released early due to appointments and/or other family obligations. Parents must make contact with the site coordinator and officially check out their child. The ASES program will be considerate to your needs when they arise and ask that these situations be the exception rather than the rule.

There may be occasions when a student will need to arrive late due to special activities or events. Students will check into ASES upon arrival at the program.

Sports and Religion Classes:

Students attending sports and religion classes will be expected to meet the 15 hour/9 hour requirement.
(Board approved) 


Students participating in the ASES program must follow the rules of the program. Each student will sign the "Student Rules," as stated in the ASES Handbook, the first day of the program.

Disruptive or disrespectful behavior to students and staff can lead to a student being removed from the program. The Coordinator for ASES will meet with students and parents/guardians prior to a student being removed from the program. 

Cell Phones

Students may not have cell phones out and or on during ASES. If students need to contact parents, they will use the ASES phone. We ask that parents call the ASES cell phone should they need to reach their son/daughter.