"Each student will leave Creekside Education Center with effective communication skills, cultural awareness, and the capacity to pursue a field of expertise that encourages each student to be a contributing member of society."
“Every Day Is A New Day to Succeed!”
"Creekside High School is dedicated to helping students achieve their individual potential through academic and personal growth."
Healthy Self-Directed Individuals
Contributing 21st Century Citizens
Our Current Action Plan
Creekside High School (CHS) is the alternative education high school for the Irvine Unified School District and draws its 9th-12th grade students from throughout IUSD's other high schoools. The school relocated in September 2007 to our new site at the corner of Barranca Parkway and Harvard Street. The new school facilities are located on a 8.5 acres of a 20 acre school district site in west Irvine. CHS classrooms include a Career/College/Computer Center, a Digital Graphic Arts computer laboratory, a Mac lab, two science rooms, 2-D and 3-D Arts rooms adjacent to the outdoor ceramics laboratory, and seven general education classrooms.Creekside High School maintains an enrollment of approximately 150-to-200 students. The site, now officially called the Creekside Education Center, provides much more appropriate, state of the art instructional spaces for our students. Creekside usually graduates between 70-to-90 students each year. Creekside's graduation requirements are the same as the other high schools in the district. Additionally, Creekside participates in a process of ongoing self-study and program improvement and has received the maximum six-year term of accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Schools for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The 2014-2015 School Year began our 40th year as an alternative education program for Irvine young men, women, and their families. We were excited about the opportunity to support their educational and personal goals. Each professional staff member takes great pride in our mission and believes strongly in the effectiveness of educational options and alternative education. We are a workable and proven choice to Irvine's larger traditional high schools. The quality of education here will be superior if the student commits and determines to work hard.
Creekside High School, the second oldest high school in Irvine Unified, was established in the summer of 1974 as the Alternative High School in the Irvine Unified School District. It was the result of the efforts of a group of students, parents, teachers and administrators who challenged the assumption that the comprehensive high school is an appropriate learning environment for all students.
Creekside staff put tremendous emphasis on facilitating personalized, disciplined learning that leads to students’ achievement. Most of us associate discipline with punishment. In fact, the origin of the word discipline comes from two powerful words: discipulus, meaning pupil, and discere, to learn. Discipline is perhaps better understood as “commitment of the student toward his or her learning.” Creekside High School implements a PBIS program, focusing on Committment, Honor, and Self-Direction. Students and staff have created a matrix of appropriate behaviors across settings. Students are rewarded for intermittently for exhibiting these behaviors.
A student’s presence at Creekside places greater personal responsibility and discipline to respond, not only to graduation requirements, but to prepare themselves academically, socially, and emotionally for "life after high school." We are committed to our students becoming independent learners who are, ultimately, accountable for their own education, achievement of personal goals, and finding happiness. We ask students to take an honest look at themselves, develop a positive attitude, and do the right thing everyday. Our Creekside motto: “Every day is a new day to succeed.” We believe in the power of those words and in the destiny of each student to grow and develop in positive, successful ways. Each day, students prove the reality of those words by achieving academically, socially, and emotionally.