Page 1

A guide to great schools

G R E AT PA R K N E I G H B O R H O O D S ®


02 SCHOOLS GUIDE

Kids Love School That’s not such a crazy statement when you live at Great Park Neighborhoods. Because here, students can walk or ride their bikes to school. Have classmates as their neighbors. And enjoy innovative learning spaces, creative play areas, extracurricular clubs and sports teams that will help them stand out, fit in and have fun all at the same time. What kid isn’t going to love that? And don’t worry, parents, there are plenty of things for you, too. Like state-of-the-art facilities. A commitment to the arts. And the fact that the schools here are part of the highly sought-after Irvine Unified School District— one of the best in Orange County. We know what you’re thinking. Why weren’t schools this cool when we were younger?


05 SCHOOLS GUIDE

CADENCE PARK K-8 OP E NE D AU GU ST 2018

I N N OVAT I O N LA B W I T H MA KER S SPACE

V I DEO P R O DU CT I O N R O O M

LI B R A RY W I T H DEDI CAT ED STO RY T ELLI N G SPACE

O U T DO O R CO LLA BO R AT I O N A R EAS

GY MN ASI U M W I T H AT TACHED F I T N ESS LA B

CLASSR O O MS FO R G R A DES 1 – 5 I N CLU DE DI R ECT CO N N ECT I O N TO I N T ER I O R CO LLA BO R AT I O N SPACES

A Q UA D FO R G R A DES 6 –8 W I T H A N O U T DO O R A MP HI T HEAT ER A N D G A R DEN

Cadence Park is the second K-8 school at Great Park Neighborhoods now open for grades K-6, and it’s following in Beacon Park School’s very cool footsteps, with top-notch education and facilities to match. Collaboration is a big deal in our schools, and Cadence Park is no exception. So you’ll find lots of innovative and reflective spaces that promote both personal and communal learning, plus inspiring places like the media center’s ‘illumination room’ complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a working garden and a full-size gymnasium. As for the design? You could say the architects had a lot of fun with this Art Deco-inspired space. Three tiers of elevation and four distinct instructional wings make for one amazing environment. ( There’s also an awesome clocktower. Although we’re pretty sure kids will think time flies here.)


We Went to the Principal’s Office

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

PRINCIPAL CARLO GRASSO

PRINCIPAL BOB CURLEY

PRINCIPAL JOHN PEHRSON

C AD ENC E PARK K - 8

B EACON PA R K K-8

P ORTOL A HIGH SC HOOL

Mr. Grasso is super excited about

No stranger to IUSD, Mr. Curley has

Mr. Pehrson helped open Portola High

Cadence Park School. And we don’t

been with the District for 26 years. But

School after ten years as the principal of

blame him. Over his 21 years as an

he is proud of being a part of Beacon

University High School, which has been

educator (15 of them right here in IUSD),

Park School since day one. His favorite

consistently recognized as one of the

he’s been a science teacher, a math

thing about the school? “The beautifully

top high schools in the nation. Needless

teacher, an assistant principal and a

designed facility creates an environment

to say, he brings a lot of experience and

principal at another school. And now he

conducive to learning. Flexible

ideas to Portola—like providing kids with

can add “principal who opened a brand-

workspaces, the latest in technology,

a “Skills Toolbox”—19 essential skills that

new school” to his impressive resumé.

an integrated curriculum, personalized

students will “sharpen” during their four

instruction, involved teachers … they

years at the high school, setting them

ALBERT EINSTEIN

And oh, what a cool school it is. The Art Deco-inspired building has four distinct instructional wings full of innovative learning spaces—like a media center flooded with natural light and full of inspiration for students and

all help kids want to come to school,”

up for success beyond graduation. “Our

Curley said. (We say that’s more than

goal is to develop well-rounded students,

one thing, but he’s the principal,

and prepare them for a changing world,”

so we’re going to let it slide.)

Pehrson said.

As for combining elementary and

That well-rounded education comes

staff members. And thanks to Principal

middle school grades, Principal Curley

from a ‘cross-curricular’ concept, where

Grasso’s passion for environmental

said it gives kids an experience

teachers work together as a team and

education, there will be a working garden on campus so kids can learn

they can’t learn from a textbook. “By having K-8 on one campus, we

show students how to draw connections across content areas. As Pehrson states,

about and get in touch, literally,

create opportunities for our older

with nature.

students to partner with the younger

Students will go home saying that every

ones—letting them act as mentors

teacher is their favorite teacher.”

As Mr. Grasso says ... it’s not just about setting up a school. It’s about building the foundation of a new community. Which is why he’s relying on his staff of

and tutors and giving them a sense of ownership and leadership that will carry them to high school and beyond.”

“Every teacher hired here loves kids.

Of course, that’s what it’s all about. Kids loving their teachers. And kids loving school. And with state-of-the-art

motivated teachers to bring new ideas

So what makes Principal Curley excited

facilities, motivated and highly qualified

that they want to implement. “The sky

to come to work every day? “Being

teachers, and an integrated, challenging curriculum —all the elements are there.

is the limit on what we’re able to do

able to provide an academic program

to engage and excite students about

where all students truly feel they have

school and learning,” he states. Talking

a place. And where parents walk away

to him made us want to go back to

with the trust that their kids are

school. (Especially after we saw the

in a great spot.”

awesome gymnasium.)

“I love seeing the looks on kids’ faces when they come here,” Pehrson said. “I love hearing them say how awesome it is.”


08

09

SCHOOLS GUIDE

SCHOOLS GUIDE

BEACON PARK K-8

PORTOLA HIGH SCHOOL

OPENED AUGU ST 2016

OP E NE D AU GU ST 2016

ST U DEN T CO LLA BO R AT I O N SPACES

DEDI CAT ED MU SI C CLASSR O O MS

DEDI CAT ED SCI EN CE CLASSR O O MS FO R G R A DES 4 - 8

P ER FO R MI N G A RTS B U I LDI N G W I T H A 72 0 - SEAT T HEAT ER , B LACK BOX A N D DA N CE ST U DI O

2 ,0 4 4- SEAT GY MN ASI U M I N CLU DI N G T R A I N I N G FACI LI T I ES A N D T EA M R O O MS

ELECT I V E B U I LDI N G FO R V I DEO P R O DU CT I O N , 2 D & 3D A RT A N D MU SI C R O O MS

I N N OVAT I O N LA B SP ECI A L EDU CAT I O N FACI LI T Y

DESI G N LA B BASEBA LL, SO CCER A N D SO F T BA LL F I ELDS DEDI CAT ED F I T N ESS LA B FO R G R A DES 6 - 8

“Beacon Park School was designed to meet criteria developed by the Collaborative for High

ST U DEN T U N I O N

Performance Schools, which establishes guidelines for campuses that promote environmental

Neighborhoods, as well as part of North Irvine, the state-of-the-art school was designed

stability, energy-efficiency and alignment with modern teaching methods.” In keeping with this campus concept, the grounds include covered walkways between each of the buildings, a separate kindergarten area with play structures, outdoor learning areas between classroom

Portola High School is IUSD’s fifth comprehensive high school. Serving Great Park

to meet criteria developed by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. F U LL- CO U RT 1 1 ,0 0 0- SQ UA R E- FO OT GY MN ASI U M

DEDI CAT ED SCI EN CE LA B S

That means there’s good lighting, clean air and comfortable classrooms so that every student has the best possible learning environment, with the smallest impact

buildings, student gardens, grass fields and grade level-appropriate play equipment.

on the environment. In less ‘school-y’ terms, it is awesome. EI G HT T EN N I S CO U RTS DEDI CAT ED KI N DER G A RT EN P LAY A R EA G R EEN R O O F FO R SU STA I N A B LE LEA R N I N G

LA R G E O U T DO O R F I ELD FO OT BA LL STA DI U M SEAT I N G CLOSE TO 3,0 0 0


10

11

SCHOOLS GUIDE

SCHOOLS GUIDE

Behind Every Great School is a Great School District

In 2018, IUSD was named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation (for the sixth consecutive year).

OR IN OUR CASE, A SUPER-GREAT, TOP-RATED SCHOOL DISTRICT.

You probably already know a lot about the Irvine Unified School District. The top scores, the honors and accolades. So maybe you already know the following facts. Don’t worry, there’s no pop quiz.

IUSD is at the forefront of the ‘green schools’ movement — promoting environmentally friendly construction, with more than two dozen solar installations including carports and rooftops.

More than 90% of Irvine Unified School District students attend college.

IUSD had the most 2018 National Merit Scholarships of any Orange County school district. The District’s schools have earned the California Distinguished School and Gold Ribbon Schools Award designations — considered the state’s highest honor — 70 times since 1986.

In January 2018, Portola High School received the “Best of the Best K–12 Education Award” in both California and the nation from Engineering News Record.


In Irvine, around the perimeter of the Orange County Great Park, a new kind of community is being created, with walking and biking trails to connect to the greater Irvine trail system, to the Irvine Transportation Center and into the Orange County Great Park. Anchored in the values of Irvine, but designed to enrich life in a variety of innovative ways. Cadence Park Information Center 703 Benchmark, Irvine CA 92618 949.733.3260 GreatParkNeighborhoods.com

©2018 Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC. All rights reserved. Great Park Neighborhoods, the bicycle logo, and “Life Will Be Different Here” are registered trademarks of Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC (“Heritage Fields”) dba Great Park Neighborhoods used for the marketing of new home neighborhoods in Irvine, California. Five Point Communities Management, Inc. (“Five Point”) is the development manager of Great Park Neighborhoods. Neither Heritage Fields nor Five Point is designing, constructing or offering homes for sale in Great Park Neighborhoods. All proposed amenities are subject to change without notice. Lifestyle photography does not reflect any ethnic or racial preference. (10/18)

Profile for Great Park Neighborhoods

A Guide to Great Schools