Honors & Awards

Nationally Recognized

  • IUSD high schools have been consistently ranked top in the nation by Newsweek’s “List of America’s Top High Schools."
  • Woodbridge High School was named top school for music education in the nation by the GRAMMY Foundation in 2016 and IUSD was the first-ever district to have all four high schools named GRAMMY Signature Schools.
  • Named top five district in the nation for student achievement by the nonprofit Education Cities in 2016.
  • Consistently been recognized nationally as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the highly regarded NAMM Foundation.
  • IUSD schools have received the National Blue Ribbon Award 15 times since 1982.

Highest Performing School District in California

  • While IUSD has always had high academic performance, for the past two years, under new state testing, IUSD has ranked among the highest performing school districts in California in Math and English Language Arts/Literacy, outperforming both Orange County and State score averages.
  • IUSD schools have been awarded the California Distinguished Schools/Gold Ribbon designation 68 times since 1986.
  • High school SAT scores consistently rank top in Orange County and in the state.
  • IUSD students continue to receive top honors at the annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair, sending the most students to the state competition.
  • More than half of the Youth Ensemble Pacific Symphony musicians are IUSD students (152 or of 220 musicians), more than any district in the state.  
  • In 2016, IUSD sent the most students to the California National History Day Competition with several teams advancing and placing at the national competition.
  • Among many accolades year after year, IUSD campuses are consistently named among the county’s best in the Orange County Register’s annual evaluation of elementary, middle and high schools.

Fastest Growing School District in California

  • Since 2012, IUSD has opened and/or begun construction on state-of-the-art schools each year, totaling six schools to date with three more set to open through 2019.  School Openings include:  
    • 2012 – Cypress Village Elementary School
    • 2014 – Jeffrey Trail Middle School
    • 2015 – Portola Springs Elementary School
    • 2016 – Portola High School
    • 2016 – Beacon Park K-8 School
    • 2017 – Eastwood Elementary School (August)
    • 2018 – Heritage Fields #2 (temporary school name) (August)
    • 2019 – Portola Springs #2 (temporary school name) (August)
  • New school construction is anticipated to continue through 2019.