Irvine High School is not only Nationally and State of California ranked as one of the tops schools, it is also WASC accredited. It was recently reevaluated by the WASC committee and found to be upholding their standards and continuing to provide an educational opportunity for their students which prepares them for life beyond high school. The students are polite, helpful and eagerly embrace their different cultural backgrounds. For the most part, they have a genial relationship between the students and the staff but always respectful of boundaries and confidentiality. The focus is not merely on academics but also on building character and embracing the whole student. Encouraging them to express themselves on the performance stage, athletic field or through visual art. The Administration, Counselors, teachers and support staff are dedicated to the students and their well being.
Irvine high is a horrible school. it may have some great teachers but there are alot of students that do druga and staff doeant care. many conplaits about bullying are made but n othing happens. it is a horrible school with horrible rules and a lawsuit may be put on thwm by parents.it is now being ranked as a bad school in i irvine. It is not reccomended to being studwnts here
I go to this school and this is the worst school ever. Office staffs are very unkind to everyone. They were like born to hate students. There is no lunch table but you are not allowed to eat in building except humanity building. You are not allowed to use your phone at ALL even during break and open period. In library, even though you were using your phone to do your hw, they will take away your phone and you will have to pick it up at office after talking with principal. Staffs are just really unfriendly. They dont care about your schedule or your future but their lunch. I went to school in newport beach before my junior year here, and everything was so better there.
I go to Irvine High school and I'm going to be a sophmore next year. The school, is outstanding. maybe not as academic las University High, or as high of performing arts as Northwood High, but it is a equal balanced school with a lot of opportunities. The science program is fantastic, being able to take Biology in your Freshman year. Even though there are not as many foriegn languages offered as in other high schools, but the languges at Irvine High can be placed into solid Fourth period, finishing 2 years of foriegn language in actually one year, unlike how other high schools make you actually take it in two years. To tell the truth, I live in the University High School area, however, i chose to go to Irvine High, because i had friends that went there, and I new it would not be as competitive as Uni. I
My daughter attends IHS and loves it! They make it very easy for kids to be involved and the families that are involved with their kids are wonderful and friendly. They do have a program for introducing new Freshman students, my daughter was a peer this year. Parents that are worried about the block scheduling, don't be! My daughter loves it and it has made even the difficult classes easier because she had time to question if she needs to. There are a ton of AP/Honors classes and the counselors are always available to help out. This is the best of the Irvine schools!
IHS is an amazing school and sincerely made my high school experience a wonderful one. The diversity of the school makes everyone friends. Anyone and everyone is accepted. The teachers are so intune with each individual student. They consider their profession their passion and their goals as teacher is to change their students lives for the better. Although some parents may not agree with the block scheduling, (coming from a graduated student) it's so helpful when applying to colleges and having enough time (90 minutes) in the class room. It allows the students to get as much done as possible in the short four yrs they are there. IHS teachers are nothing but caring.
I cannot recommend Irvine High School under its current leadership (2007). The principal is very involved in fundraising, but frankly she does not belong anywhere near young people. She presents quite an impressive figure publicly, but her private persona leaves much to be desired. I have absolutely no confidence in her. The quality of the academic programs at IHS is unfortunately mediocre. AP programs are characterized principally by the homework burden (which my son has described as 'useless busy work'). Parents' participation is welcome in extracurricular activities, especially sports, and especially when volunteer work is needed. However, if there's a problem, parents' input is not appreciated. There are some really terrific faculty members that make extracurricular activities definitely worthwhile. (The wrestling program is particularly impressive, largely because of the coaches.) If your child is on track to becoming a star athlete, IHS is fine. Otherwise, it's not a great environment for kids.
I've had 2 children graduate from this school and have no complaints. Both have gone onto college and done very well! The staff and faculty are extremely helpful to both parents and students. As with all schools, parents need to not assume, stay involved - no matter your child's grade level. Every HS has some sort of problem - unfortunately that's kids get this from peers, and lack of home discipline.