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Irvine Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Irvine, CA. It has 35,291 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
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Irvine Unified School District Reviews
The Irvine Unified School District provided a comprehensive and fundamental K-12 education. I had access to many resources including music and arts classes from elementary school. However, not all of the teachers I've had have been particularly helpful or memorable. In my high school, many of our best and well-known teachers were moved to a new school built nearby, which meant most of my teachers had just started teaching for the first time. Additionally, the IUSD community has a problem of high academic rigor and competitiveness, and some policies towards academics make it difficult to be a competitive applicant for top universities. Additionally, advanced and gifted programs for elementary and middle school students like APAAS do not adequately teach students study skills or prepare them for the rigors of high school and college.
By getting involved in the althletics and performing arts programs I was able to feel connected to the school. The school offers opportunities for students to get involved with clubs. Link Crew connects incoming freshmen to an upper classmate. This not only provides incoming freshman a mentor but helped me to build leadership skills. I rated the teachers average because so many are very young and seem to lack the teaching skills and knowledged that they need to help students to be successful. I use to have a passion for science and my science teachers have been less wonderful because they are trying to teach to the NGSS which seems to lack instruction. Rather we are told to explore and discover answers for ourselves. I know we go to school for academics but the school culture has made my high school experience a positive one. The school makes the strudent feel welcome . Inspite of the comments above, I've had a great experience attending PHS.
Most of the teachers I've met were passionate educators. After nearly ten years of being educated in the IUSD district, I too became a passionate learner. I will be attending University of California, Irvine starting in the fall 2020 and I cannot wait to learn more!