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Irvine Unified School District receives latest $2 million gift from Irvine Company

The Irvine Unified School District received a $2 million check on Tuesday, a portion of the $20 million gift by Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren for fourth through sixth grade fine arts, music and science programs.

Robin Leftwich, vice president for community affairs, presented the gift to IUSD Superintendent Gwen Gross and Board President Carolyn McInerney at the November 18 Board of Education meeting.

The gift, originally announced in 2006, assures dedicated funding to support distinguished “specialist teachers” in arts, music and science and allows students in grades four through six to receive focused educational experiences beyond what is provided by their regular classroom teacher.

The dedicated funding allows Irvine schools to offer the finest, most comprehensive and professionally driven enrichment curriculum for fourth through sixth grade of any district in the state.

Irvine Unified continues to rank among the finest educational systems in the nation. Irvine students consistently lead Orange County in SAT test scores that also rank among the best nationally, and more than 90 percent of their high school graduates attend college.