Another Walking-Close School Opens In The Villages Of Irvine®

A close, fun walk to drop off or pick up your child from school is one of the benefits of living in the Villages of Irvine®.  Thoughtful planning goes into the building of each neighborhood, with decisions about the close proximity of schools to homes – an important factor according to homebuyer feedback – given key consideration.

Locating educational facilities – including major universities, local community colleges, elementary, middle schools and some of the best high schools in the U.S. – close to homes has always been of the key planning principles that have guided the building of the Villages of Irvine®.  Elementary schools are the most prevalent; almost every village has one.  Secondary schools are larger and private and public high schools serve citywide functions and usually are located close to residential villages.  Private, public and junior colleges are located throughout the city, with the largest being the University of California, Irvine.

Jeffrey Trail Middle School, Irvine Unified School District’s newest middle school, opened its doors on September 10.  The new school, located in Cypress Village, serves seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Classrooms are designed to encourage student participation, with desk shapes and configurations varying by classroom.  Teachers wear lapel microphones that utilize audio speakers positioned in all four corners of each classroom – ensuring that the teacher can be heard by all of the students, regardless of their desk location.

The school’s computer lab includes a number of desktop computers, but also is designed with space that allows students to work on laptops and tablet computers if they desire.  A video production studio is located behind the school’s multipurpose room, and will allow students to shoot and edit digital video.  A live, student-produced weekly television news show is planned.  Additionally, students will be able to integrate video projects into their classroom projects.

Innovative design.  The latest technological advances.  Walking close to homes in the neighborhood.  These are all hallmarks of schools built within the Villages of Irvine®.

The schools within the Villages of Irvine® are best known, however, for high achievement, continuing to rank among the best performing schools in California.

Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) students once again outpaced their county and state counterparts on standard tests, according to the latest batch of test scores released by the California Department of Education.

California Standard Tests (CSTs) are taken each spring to measure student knowledge of the state’s content standards in grades two through 11.  In each subject, scores are divided into five levels of achievement:  advanced, proficient, basic, below basic and far below basic.

The latest results revealed that 83 percent of IUSD students scored in the proficient and advanced ranges in English language arts in 2013, and 81.4 percent did the same in math.  Statewide, 56.4 percent were proficient or better in English and 52.1 percent met this mark in math.  In Orange County, the proficiency rates were 64.6 percent for English and 60.8 percent for math.

“By any measuring stick – test scores, graduation rates, students who move on to higher education – the Irvine Unified School District is one of the finest in the state, and the nation,” said Tom Veal, Vice President for Irvine Company Community Development.  “These new CST statistics are just another barometer of all of the outstanding things that are happening in Irvine schools.  Nearly four out of five students scored proficient or better on the math and English portions, as the students clearly remain among the best in California.”

New homebuyers have numerous opportunities across the Villages of Irvine®, including Cypress Village, the Village of Portola Springs, the Village of Stonegate and the Village of Woodbury™.  School boundaries for village residents are determined by the Irvine Unified School District.

The schools serving the Village of Stonegate are nationally recognized for their school and student performances well above state and national averages, as well as comprehensive programs in academics, the arts and athletics.  Residents have access to the highly-acclaimed Stonegate Elementary School – a California Distinguished School where one of the teachers was honored with the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” Award by the Irvine Unified School District.  Students attend the new Jeffrey Trail Middle School and then Northwood High School, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School award winners.

Cypress Village offers residents everything families want and need to thrive now and in the years to come.  Offering the next generation in new home designs, Cypress Village provides residents with resort-style recreation for the young and young at heart, a convenient setting near your favorite places and acres of parks for fun in the sun, and is conveniently located just moments away from the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment.  Students will attend the future Cypress Village Elementary School (scheduled to open fall 2014) and Jeffrey Trail Middle School, which opened this September, and Irvine High School.

The Village of Portola Springs® offers residents a community unlike any other, with sweeping views of Loma Ridge and vast expanses of protected open space.  Close to a variety of amenities designed to make the most of the pristine natural environment, Portola Springs features beautiful homes in an array of inspired architectural styles that are just minutes from the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment.  Students attend the just-opened Jeffrey Trail Middle School, and Northwood High School.

The award-winning Village of Woodbury™ was inspired by classic American small towns and villages of the past. A traditional grid design encompasses unique “districts” of residential homes, highlighted by 16 neighborhood parks positioned around “The Commons” — a 30-acre central gathering place with athletic fields, a tot lot, recreation center and swimming pools close to miles of open space trails and paseos, award-winning schools, diverse shopping and dining, and much more.  Students attend Woodbury Elementary School, Sierra Vista Middle School and Irvine High School.

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