All fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in the Irvine Unified School District receive 120 minutes of hands-on science instruction each week. An additional 60 minutes of science instruction is provided by each child's classroom teacher. This program is unique among Orange County school districts!
This comprehensive science program includes a balanced curriculum of Earth & Space Sciences, Life, and Physical Science. Additionally, all students learn science through the lens of the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts. Students in 6th grade are required to complete a Science Fair Project as part of their culminating year in our three-year program.
The IUSD Elementary Science Specialist Program is funded by the Donald Bren Foundation and reflects the priority that the Irvine Community and Board of Education place on elementary science education. This partnership ensures that the IUSD Elementary Science Specialist Program is one of the best in the state of California and the nation.
In 1987 the Elementary Science Specialist Program received the Ohaus Award for Innovation in Elementary Science Teaching from the National Science Teachers Association.
- Frequently Asked Questions coming soon!
- Science Safety Contract
About the People
STEM Director: Kristen Winn
Science Coordinator: Lisa Gordon
Elementary Science TOSA: Meg Vanek
|Science Specialist||1st School||2nd School|
|Darcy Angel||Meadow Park|
|Kelly Banks||Stone Creek||Springbrook|
|Ann Bennett||Turtle Rock|
|Kim Cashin||Vista Verde|
|Danielle De Frank||Woodbury|
|Helen de la Maza||Culverdale|
|Sumer Dakak||Turtle Rock||Woodbury|
|Alison Garza||Greentree||Beacon Park|
|Shannon Hayes||Stone Creek||College Park|
|Kristopher Hull||College Park|
|Lauren Le Blanc||Eastshore|
|Grace Linfield||Springbrook||University Park|
|Jessica Lingenfelter||Portola Springs|
|Joie Mack||Oak Creek|
|Chuck Nelson||Bonita Canyon||Beacon Park|
|Jennifer Parrino||Greentree||Santiago Hills|
|Bettina Pierce||Plaza Vista||Vista Verde|
|Allison Rolfe||Canyon View|
|Samantha Scott||Portola Springs|
|Annette Shoemaker||Santiago Hills|
|Robin Van Vorhis||Cypress Village|
|Everett Yee||University Park||Oak Creek|
Links to our favorite science sites......