COVID19 response: In response to the pandemic, Irvine Unified School District moved to a period of emergency distance learning with all schools closing for in-person instruction on March 16, 2020. In order to eliminate the inevitable inequalities presented by distance learning, Irvine High School (IHS), in accordance with district policies, awarded students marks of credit /no credit only for the final reporting period of the 2019-2020 school year.
Although IUSD schools remained closed for in-person instruction at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, grades awarded during this time reverted to the regular grading system noted (on the school profile). Families had the opportunity to request a letter grade be changed to a Pass or No Pass grade for 1 or more of their 2020-2021 school year courses, as defined in new legislation, AB 104.
All IHS students had the option to continue in online learning during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school year. IHS students who selected to take any of our online classes will show grades earned from San Joaquin High School on their official Irvine High School transcript. A separate transcript from San Joaquin High School will not be issued. IHS students who opt to engage in in-person instruction will show grades earned from Irvine High School on official transcripts.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges 6 Year Term: 2018-2024
Awards and Recognition
|California Gold Ribbon School||California Digital High School|
|California Distinguished High School||School of Excellence United States Department of Education|
|California Top 100 High Schools||California PBIS Coalition Platinum Recognition|
|Monica Colunga Ed. D.||Principal|
|Bob King||Assistant Principal|
|Kelly Molina||Assistant Principal|
|Chris Nguyen||Assistant Principal|
Irvine High School
Irvine High School is located in the city of Irvine in Orange County, California. Irvine High School is one of five comprehensive 4-year high schools in the Irvine Unified School District, with an enrollment of 1,825, including 422 seniors. The student population is diverse with over 20 native languages spoken. 48% of the graduating class go directly to a 4-year post-secondary school, while 44% attend a community college. The remaining students go to a trade/technical school, join the military or enter the workforce.
Community Support for education has enabled Irvine High School to maintain excellent academic and co-curricular programs since the school was opened in 1976.
Community Service is noted on the transcript for students that serve 25 hours or more per school year.
Academic Focus: Semester Block
In accordance with Irvine High School’s response to Covid-19, the school transitioned into an 8-period day. Prior to the 2020-2021 school year, Irvine High School had a 4/4 Blended Block Schedule. The academic year consisted of two semesters, where the school day was organized into four (4) ninety-minute blocks. Students had the opportunity to take some classes in solid blocks and to take other classes in alternating blocks. Solid block classes met every day earning 10 units per semester. Alternating block classes met every other day and earn 5 units per semester. Students could be enrolled in English in one semester, and enrolled in Social Science and World Language classes in the other, thereby focusing on fewer academic subjects at any given time. A full academic load required students to be enrolled in three classes each day. The fourth class was for enrichment, additional electives or athletics. Many students are concurrently enrolled in college classes. In addition, some students attend a six-week summer school program
Most Rigorous Courses
|Enhanced Math 2||Spanish for Native Speakers 2*||AP Biology*|
|Enhanced Math 3 *||H Spanish 4*||AP Chemistry*|
|AP Statistics*||H French 4*||AP Physics 1*|
|AP Calculus A/B*||H Korean 4*||AP Environmental Science*|
|AP Calculus B/C*||H Korean 5*|
|AP Computer Science *||AP Spanish Language*||H Modern World History|
|AP French Language*||AP European History*|
|H English 1||AP U. S. History*|
|H English 2||AP Music Theory*||AP American Government*|
|H American Literature||AP Art History*||AP Macro Economics*|
|H British Literature||AP Art Studio - 2D & 3D*||AP Psychology*|
|AP English Language*||AP Art Drawing*|
|AP English Literature*|
* Only these courses are awarded bonus points in the calculation of the academic GPA; an A in one of these courses is worth 5 points on a 4 point scale.
Results for 2019-2020
|National Merit 2021
Semi–Finalists Students: 10
Commended Students: 37
SAT Scores for 2020-2021
|ACT Scores for 2021
Combined Average 30
|AP Exams for May 2021
Of the 1,386 AP exams taken, 77% received a passing score.
Ranking: Within IUSD we do not rank our students. The difference between the student who ranked 10th and the one who ranked 20th is often less than 00.10 grade point and can be very misleading.
The Athletic Program has a tradition of excellence. We offer comprehensive programs in football, cross country, volleyball, water polo, tennis, basketball, soccer, wrestling, golf, track, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, softball and Competitive Cheer, winning titles in Pacific Coast League, Southern Section CIF, and State competitions.
The Instrumental Music Program has been designated as a Grammy “Signature Gold” School by the Grammy Foundation, honoring Irvine High as one of the top 10 music programs in the nation. The program enrolls over 500 musicians in Marching Band (200 members), Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Piano and Guitar.
Vocal Music Program enrolls over 200 students in Chorale, Canta Bella, Concert Chorale, Irvine Singers and Viva Cantar. The vocal music program holds 3-4 concerts per year featuring all choral leveled courses.
The Theater Arts Program enrolls 200 students. Drama performs a Fall Play, a Winter Musical and a Spring Play. In addition, we have a comprehensive Technical Theater program.
The Dance Program enrolls over 200 dancers in four levels of Dance Tech, plus the Dance Ensemble. The dance program holds 3-4 concerts per year featuring all dance levels and solos.
The Visual Arts Program includes course beginning & advanced offerings in Intro to Art, Painting and Drawing, Ceramics, Video Production, Computer Graphics, Visual Imagery, Animation, and four (4) AP Art and Art History courses. All of these courses meet the University of California A-G requirements and many are also CTE courses.
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Program includes beginning, intermediate and advanced course offerings in Computer Science, Web Site Design, Engineering and Automotive.
In Activities, leadership credits are awarded to Associated Student Body (ASB) officers and Student Forum.