IHS Profile

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 current school year will revert to the regular grading system noted (on the school profile). IHS students have the option of continuing in online learning during the 2020-2021 school year. IHS students who select to continue in the online learning format will show grades earned from San Joaquin High School on official transcripts. IHS students who opt to engage in a hybrid learning model (2 days of in-person instruction and 3 days of distance learning) will show grades earned from Irvine High School on official transcripts. We consider all IHS students, regardless of their selected instructional model, to be an important part of our school community and both models are reflected in our senior class size of 479.


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
Counseling staff
Leah Fuller Counselor
Amy Klamberg Counselor
Cheryl Linquitti Counselor
Kevin O’Connell Counselor
Patty Voisinet Career Guidance Tech
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 1,889, including 479 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.  

Special Programs

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 is taking part in an 8-period day for the current school year.  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 Foreign Language classes in the other, thereby focusing on fewer academic subjects at any given time. A full academic load requires students to be  enrolled in three classes each day.  The fourth class is 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 H Spanish 4* AP Biology*
Enhanced Math 3 * H French 4* AP Chemistry*
H Pre Calculus* H Korean 4* AP Physics*
AP Statistics* H Korean 5* AP Environmental Science*
AP Calculus A/B* AP Spanish* AP Computer Science *
AP Calculus B/C* AP French* H Modern World History

H American Literature

AP Music Theory* AP European History*
H British Literature AP Art History* AP U. S. History*
AP English Language* AP Art Studio - 2D & 3D* AP American Government*
AP English Literature* AP Art Drawing* AP Macro Economics*

* 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.

Test Results

Results for 2019-2020

National Merit
Class of 2021 Semi–Finalists 5
Class of 2020 Commended 28

SAT Scores for 2018-2019
Combined Average 1,273

ACT Scores for 2018-2019
Combined Average 29
AP Exams for May 2019
Of the 1,384 AP exams taken, 86.3% received a passing score.

Ranking: The School prefers not to rank its 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 and softball, 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 enrolls over 200 students in Treble Chorus, Canta Bella, Chorale, Irvine Singers and AP Music Theory.

The Theater Arts program enrolls 100 students. Drama performs a Fall Play, a Winter Musical and a Spring Play. The Dance program enrolls over 100 dancers in three levels of Dance Tech, plus the Dance Ensemble. In addition, we have a comprehensive Technical Theater program.

The Visual Arts program includes course offerings in Painting and Drawing, Ceramics, Multicultural Arts, Media Studies/Video Production, Computer Art, Visual Imagery and four (4) AP Art and Art History courses. All of these courses meet University of California requirements.

The Career Technical Ed program includes course offerings in Career Exploration and Computer Applications, Computer Science, Web Site Design, Engineering Design, and Practical Auto.

In Activities, leadership credits are awarded to Associated Student Body (ASB) officers, and Student Forum representatives. The school is proud of an award winning yearbook and newspaper.