Laguna Altura Schools University High

Alderwood Elementary School   |   Rancho San Joaquin Middle School   |   University High School



4771 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612


Office (949) 936-7600


  • John Pehrson (Principal)
  • National Blue Ribbon School
  • California Distinguished School

University High School

Mission Statement*:

The school’s mission is to enable each student to become a contributing member of society with an appreciation for complexity and ambiguity, empowered with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world by providing the highest quality educational experience we can envision.


University High School was named the best public high school in California and 8th best public high school in America in 2011 by Newsweek.**

API Score***: 913


* Mission Statement for University High School pulled from School Profile located on

** To compile the 2011 list of the top high schools in America, Newsweek reached out to administrators, principals, guidance counselors, and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate coordinators at more than 10,000 public high schools across the country. In order to be considered for the list, each school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2009-2010 academic year. In total, more than 1,100 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 500 high schools.

*** Score listed pulled from the State of California Board of Education’s 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Report.

Schools serving residents of Laguna Altura are subject to change. Laguna Altura is a planned development by Irvine Community Development Company, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. For more information on school assignments, please call the Irvine Unified School District at (949) 936-5000.