Located in Orange County, California, the city of Irvine was incorporated in 1971. In its 36 years of existence, Irvine has grown into one of the largest master-planned communities in the United States with a plethora of employment and world-class educational opportunities. Therefore it is not surprising that Irvine has something for everyone. For families, Irvine was ranked one of the safest cities in America, and the recreational facilities and the outstanding schools are a big plus. For the younger generation, the easy access to the freeways, shopping, and job and study opportunities are an important reason to live in Irvine. With it’s acclaimed safe communities, resort style recreational facilities, thriving economy and beautiful weather Irvine is truly a place to enjoy the luxury of living.
The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) consistently ranks among the finest educational systems in the nation. Irvine schools offer innovative educational programs, open-style classrooms, team-teaching, some schools with year-round terms, and excellent community involvement. Irvine students consistently lead Orange County in SAT test scores, and more than 90 percent of their high school graduates attend college. 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. 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.