District Overview

Located in Orange County, Calif., the Irvine Unified School District comprises a community of learners, committed to the highest quality educational experience. IUSD educates a diverse population of more than 35,000 TK-12 students in 24 elementary schools, one early childhood learning center, four K-8 schools, six middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. A districtwide strategic plan outlines IUSD’s mission to enable all students to become contributing members of society, empowered with the skills, knowledge and values necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world.

IUSD has nationally recognized schools; student performance well-above state and national comparisons; and comprehensive programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. Since becoming a unified district in 1972, Irvine's neighborhood schools have been a clear reflection of the neighborhoods they serve. Open enrollment policies, on a space-available basis, encourage and support parental choice. The contributions of creative site-based management teams, talented and caring teachers, involved parents, and supportive business and community leaders have, together, made a difference to a district where student achievement is the priority, where values are an integral part of the curriculum, and where a strategic plan for the future is in place. 

Higher education opportunities are also readily available for students who leave our care. The University of California, Irvine is a conveniently located university campus. UCI and the Irvine Unified School District enjoy a long-standing and mutually beneficial, collaborative working relationship. In addition, Irvine Valley College is centrally located and provides a highly-respected two-year community college program. Satellite campuses for Pepperdine University and National University are also located within the City of Irvine, serving the residents of the community.

For a list of awards, honors and interesting facts about the Irvine Unified School District, click on the graphic to the right.