Irvine, a great place to learn

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. IUSD educates a diverse student population numbering over 36,000 (TK-12), in 24 elementary schools, one early childhood learning center, four K-8 schools, six middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, and one alternative high school.​

IUSD is supported by its nonprofit partner, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), which provides financial support and enrichment programs for all students. Click here to learn more.

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.

The IUSD Board of Trustees meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and are cablecast on Cox Communications Channel 39.

The Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) serves residents who live in the western and northern areas of Irvine. TUSD has a long history of excellence that continues to grow and be enriched by the accomplishments of its students, teachers, staff and community. The District has 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, and alternative and adult education programs.

In the past decade, nine schools in TUSD have been recognized as either state or nationally distinguished schools. Two elementary schools are National Exemplary Schools, and a middle school and a high school are National Blue Ribbon Schools. Five other schools--an elementary, two middle and two high schools--are California Distinguished Schools. High standards of excellence in academics, visual and performing arts, and athletics are the hallmarks for

Tustin schools along with a major emphasis on educational technology in the classrooms. Tustin schools consistently score well on state tests. TUSD students receive top scores among state schools on annual standardized tests. Foothill and Tustin high schools have produced scores of National Merit Scholars. Nearly 90 percent of all district graduates attend colleges and universities.

The TUSD Board of Directors meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the District Administration Center, 300 South C Street in Tustin. The meetings are cablecast on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast Community Channel 3 and Saturdays at 4 p.m. on Cox Communications Channel 31.

Higher Education

One of the nation’s leading public research universities, UC Irvine, celebrated its 50th anniversary through June 2016. The campus is among many that provide higher education opportunities within the City of Irvine. They include Concordia University and Irvine Valley College, as well as campuses for regional universities and systems: Brandman University, Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine, USC and the University of La Verne. Besides the links, below, the City is home to the UC Irvine School of Law and Western State College of Law.

University of California at Irvine (UCI) is one of the nation's top academic institutions

Brandman University

Concordia University is a four-year liberal arts institution.

Irvine Valley, Santiago Canyon and Orange Coast community colleges offer extensive full-time, part-time and evening classes in a variety of disciplines.

Pepperdine University

Stanbridge University 

University of La Verne