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Alderwood Elementary School

This K-6 school consistently achieves high rankings and offers young students a well-rounded curriculum, including a gifted program and high performing independent study. Students have the opportunity to participate in a host of enrichment programs, including band, orchestra, chorus, yearbook and art.

  • California Distinguished School

2005 Knollcrest
Irvine, CA 92603
Office: (949) 936-5400
Kara Rydman, Principal

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Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School is highly regarded for its academic performance that is consistently far above the state average. Seventh and eighth grade students have the benefit of a challenging and well-rounded curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers and access to STEM courses. Students can also participate in ASB leadership and enrichment activities including music and orchestra.

  • California Distinguished School
  • National Blue Ribbon School

4861 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Office: (949) 936-6500
Mike Modeer, Principal

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University High School

University High School is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence, social responsibility, high achievement and rigorous programs across all areas of academia. It has been consistently named among top high school lists compiled by the Washington Post, Newsweek and US News and World Report. Students have the educational benefit of challenging STEM courses that emphasize technology and engineering, and the school is renowned for its academic teams, including the Physics Bowl, Science Bowl, and Speech and Debate. Diverse athletic teams, celebrated music programs, ASB leadership opportunities, and dozens of clubs further emphasize University’s commitment to a multi-faceted and exceptional high school experience.

  • Gold rated by US News as part of the best highschools in the United States
  • California Distinguished School
  • National Blue Ribbon School

4771 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Office: (949) 936-7600
Dr. Kevin Astor, Principal

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Portola High School

This state-of-the-art, 42-acre campus opened in 2016 and offers all the academic benefits and excellence of the Irvine Unified School District. Students have the advantage of a rigorous and relevant curriculum, visual and performing arts program, athletics program, Junior Varsity level teams, and a robust activities program. Students participate in challenging math, English, science, language, history and literary arts classes, along with opportunities to find their passion for music, ASB leadership, drama and dance. Portola High School was exceptionally designed to showcase a host of impressive facilities, including a Performing Arts Complex, Aquatics Complex, 3500-seat athletic stadium and much more.

  • Bronze PBIS Award Winner
  • Best of the Best K-12 Education Award

1001 Cadence
Irvine, CA 92618
John Pehrson, Principal

For the 2018/2019 school year, students will attend the following schools: Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, Portola High School (grades 9-11) and University High School (grade 12).  Beginning with the 2019/2020 school year, the boundaries will change to the following:  Alderwood Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School.  Barcelona homeowners are encouraged to personally contact the Irvine Unified School District for specific information on school attendance boundaries and information on Intra-district Transfers.  To contact the Irvine Unified School District, call 949-936-5000 or visit