Approximately 16,000 of the nation’s best and brightest high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the pursuit of scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp. – and 83 of them attend schools right here in Irvine. In Orange County alone, 278 students earned the prestigious distinction, as The Orange County Register reports.
This week, the state released its Academic Performance Index scores for 2010, and IUSD quietly earned the top spot among California’s larger school systems. For those not familiar with the API, the index was designed to show year-to-year improvement by annually assigning triple-digit scores to schools and districts. These figures, which range from 200 to 1,000, are based on standardized tests taken by students in the spring, as well as graduation rates at the high school level.
Richard Messenger, the longtime choral music teacher at Irvine High School who recently retired after 40 years as an educator, has been awarded the John Alexander Outstanding Choral Educator Award for his contributions to the community, according to a news release from Pacific Chorale.