Irvine was Perfectly Master-Planned for Distinguished Educators to Thrive

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

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Irvine was master-planned with education at its core, ensuring Irvine’s long-term economic vitality.

Today, numerous public and private post-secondary education and research institutions continue to support that concept. Those with a presence in the city include:

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Chapman University, Rinker Health Science Campus
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • George Washington University
  • Hancock International College
  • Irvine Adult School
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Stanbridge University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Orange County Academic Center
  • University of LaVerne, Orange County Regional Campus
  • University of Massachusetts, Global
  • Webster University
  • Westcliff University

Irvine’s youth are prepared for higher learning at some of the nation’s finest K-12 schools.

Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) high schools have been consistently ranked top in the nation by Newsweek’s List of America’s Top High Schools. IUSD has ranked among California’s highest performing school districts in math and English language arts and literacy for the past two years, outperforming Orange County and State score averages. IUSD schools have been awarded the California Distinguished Schools/Gold Ribbon designation 77 times since 1986. IUSD high school SAT scores consistently rank top in Orange County and the state.

IUSD is the fastest-growing school district in California. Since 2012, IUSD has opened and or begun construction on nine state-of-the-art schools, including:

  • Jeffrey Trail Middle School (2012)
  • Cypress Village Elementary School (2014)
  • Portola Springs Elementary School (2015)
  • Portola High School (2016)
  • Beacon Park School (K-8) (2016)
  • Eastwood Elementary School (2017)
  • Cadence Park School (K-8) (2018)
  • Loma Ridge Elementary School (2019)
  • Solis Park School (K-8) (Officially broke ground in September 2021, expected completion date is 2022.)

The GreaterIrvine Chamber celebrates Irvine’s world-class education as part of what helps the city live up to its promise as a model master-planned community and its ability to sustain economic vitality by ensuring a continued skilled workforce.

Through its inaugural Distinguished Educators program, the Chamber recognizes exemplary Irvine educators who have contributed to the educational process through direct student involvement or partnership activities—at primary, secondary, community college, university, and career and technical schools. Additionally, the Chamber will recognize an overall Educator of the Year. Outstanding STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs in Irvine will also be recognized. 

Honorees will be announced and presented with awards at the Distinguished Educators event on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., at the Hilton Irvine, 18800 MacArthur Blvd.

Chapman University, a Greater Irvine Chamber platinum-level Leaders Circle partner, is the presenting sponsor for the Chamber’s inaugural Distinguished Educators event.


For more information about Distinguished Educators, contact Courtney Nakagawa.

Category: Education News, Education Excellence, awards, Greater Irvine Chamber, UCI, Chapman University, Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Orange County, California, IUSD