For pennies a day, you can become a PTA member, joining more than 5 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our not-for-profit parent association.
To show your support for PUSD schools, please consider joining one of the 35 PTAs in the Poway Unified School District. Being a member of any PTA or PTSA makes you a voting member of California State PTA and National PTA. Each PTA sets its own dues, typically between $4.00 and $10.00 per member. The amount of the dues is found in the PTA's bylaws and is generally tax-deductible. PTA dues are non-refundable.
If you know which PTA you wish to join, contact the PTA by leaving a note with your contact information at the school office or checking here to see if the PTA has a web page or contact e-mail.
Why Join the PTA
• A multi-level support organization.
• Guidance and resources based on expertise and experience.
• Practical ideas for programs which benefit all students and their families.
• An opportunity to voice consent or concern on behalf of children and youth.
• Leadership development to promote individual development and strengthening of skills.
• Timely information from local, state and federal levels and how we can advocate and influence
legislators on behalf of children, families and schools.
• Collective strength with those who share concerns and seek solutions.
“YOU SHOULD JOIN PTA BECAUSE PTA MEMBERSHIP . . .”
Benefits your child and benefits our schools. More than 85 rigorous academic research studies
conducted over 30 years of research proves that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are
higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.
Connects you to a Network. Parenting is not easy - it helps to share ideas, concerns and experiences with
other parents and educators in the community. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and
teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind.
Means More Informed Parents. Parents involved in PTA understand the challenges schools face and
become part of the solution. They support improving education, both locally and legislatively. By developing
a closer relationship with parents, student achievement improves, and the school develops a positive
reputation in the community.
Boosts Children’s Well-being. PTAs focus on what students need to be successful in learning, including
nutrition, health, and wellbeing. Whether it is school safety, physical fitness, or healthy breakfasts, PTA
works with school administrators to ensure that children are prepared to succeed.
Gets you Connected and Adds Your Voice to Others. There’s no better way to know what’s happening
in your school. Regularly scheduled meetings are an opportunity for you to share information with other
members. Because PTA is a forum for exchanging ideas, you are encouraged to make suggestions. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
Leverages Volunteer Power. PTA organizes hard-working and dedicated volunteers. Parents are ready
and willing to help implement school improvement programs.
Provides Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as
students. Resource materials and training opportunities are plentiful in PTA.
Improves your skills. By volunteering with your PTA, you gain valuable experiences. It’s an opportunity to
put your skills and hobbies to good use for a good cause – for your child and all children in the community.
Results in School Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution,
helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building
improvements, curriculum-based programs and social events – all vital to a school’s success.
Makes You a Good Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.