Ever since President Obama became the President of the United States, he has been saying that the education in the U.S is not as good as some of the developing nations like India and Singapore. American kids are behind in Math and Science. But Irvine Unified School District is best known for its education and I greatly recommend it. My two children are in elementary school in this district and I find the education to be top class.
The state of CA released its academic performance index (API) scores for 2010, and Irvine Unified has a score of 916. This score tops the list among all of the large school districts in the state of CA. The API is an indicator of year-to-year improvement based on standardized test scores as well as graduation rates. Irvine Unified high school students have performed better compared to the national average in their SAT as well. The population of the school district is 26,000 spread out over 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 comprehensive high schools, and 1 continuation high school. The mission of the school district is to empower students with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges that they will face in this highly competitive world. The district offers comprehensive programs in academics, arts, and athletics.
Apart from having talented and devoted teachers, the school district also has Instructional assistants. They are teacher aides that will help reinforce what is already taught in class to kids. Parent volunteers, supportive business and community leaders are a matter of pride for Irvine Unified. Once the kids graduate from high school, higher education opportunities are readily available. Irvine Unified has collaboration with University of California, Irvine. The website for the University is www.uci.edu. Irvine Community College offers two-year community college program. Their website is www.ivc.edu. There are satellite campuses for Pepperdine University as well as National University that will cater to the students higher education needs. For more information about Irvine Unified, please visit www.iusd.org.
Each student is assigned a portal (website) which includes attendance, emergency contact information, grades, as well as student test score. Progress reports are posted in this website. Teachers communicate with parents regarding the child’s performance in class through e-mail. In this day and age, when global warming is becoming a major problem, the school district is going paperless by using the computer effectively for communication. This is a classic example of being environmentally responsible. I am proud to be an Irvine Unified parent.