The Irvine Unified School District broke ground on its newest school, Cadence Park, on September 7, 2017. Cadence Park will be the District’s fourth K-8 and its 40th school, when it opens in August 2018. This state-of-the-art education facility will continue IUSD’s tradition of excellence. The 94,000 square foot Art Deco inspired campus is on 13 acres and will include the following features:
- A next generation innovation lab that includes a makers space with an attached video production room. The space will also be equipped with sinks and a roll up door to the exterior to create a flexible learning space.
- A library with several windows for natural light that includes a dedicated story telling space, which will also double as a small group work area.
- All classrooms in grades 1-5 will have a direct connection to the interior student collaboration spaces.
- The 6-8 quad will include an outdoor amphitheater, covered small group instruction areas, space for outdoor science activities and a garden.
- Outdoor collaboration spaces throughout the campus for all grade levels.
- A Gymnasium with attached fitness lab.
Cadence Park School will serve will serve the Great Park Neighborhoods, including Cadence Park and Parasol Park in north Irvine.
“Few communities get the rare chance to build an institution of learning from the ground up,” said IUSD Board of Education President Ira Glasky. “It’s an opportunity to forge a new school and a new school culture that will serve as the educational foundation for future generations. And very few, if any, will ever create a school as incredible as Cadence Park will be.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony, the IUSD Board of Education, Superintendent Terry L. Walker, Cadence Park Principal Carlo Grasso and IUSD staff were joined by PTA Council, City of Irvine, Fivepoint and community representatives.
Click here to watch IUSD’s groundbreaking video.
Since 2013, IUSD has opened and/or begun construction on a new school to support Irvine’s growing population and the District’s more than 33,000 students. This is in addition to the passage of Measure E by Irvine voters and the implementation of the first Measure E funding series this year. Throughout this period of unprecedented growth, IUSD has remained one of the highest performing school districts in the nation.
Below are schools that have opened since 2013:
- Eastwood Elementary – Opened in August 2017
- Portola High School – Opened in August 2016
- Beacon Park – Opened in August 2016
- Portola Springs – Opened August 2015
- Cypress Village – Opened August 2014
- Jeffrey Trail Middle School – Opened August 2013