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There are many reasons why families love living in Irvine. There is a strong sense of community and Irvine has been named one of the safest cities in the world. Now, we can also add top rated schools to that list for Irvine California. Great Schools has awarded Irvine High School with a 10 out of 10 making Irvine home to a top rated school. Now there is, even more, to love about Irvine California for families.  

Irvine High School has long been loved by locals and being recognized as a top school is nothing new to Irvine California.

Irvine High School has long been loved by locals and being recognized as a top school is nothing new to Irvine California.

What is Great Schools

Great Schools is a nonprofit organization that gives parents the information they need about schools. As the leading national association, Great Schools has perfected the way they rank schools all across the country. By looking at test scores, listening to parents, pulling diversity information and evaluating the overall environment, Great Schools ratings mean something. The rankings aren’t just handed out to schools that perform well. Instead, every aspect of a student’s life while at the school is evaluated.

Rating Irvine High School

There are three major categories, each with their own sub categories that are evaluated by Great Schools including academics, equity, and environment. To get the ranking for academics, Great Schools looks at test scores, college readiness, and advanced course. Irvine High School has test scores above the state average in every category, science, math, and English. For college readiness, 97% of students from Irvine High School go onto graduate from a 4-year college. There are also a higher number of students in advanced courses at Irvine High.

When it comes to Equity, Great Schools looks for a diverse student base and the test scores they receive. If there is a big difference between how specific ethnic groups are scoring, it may suggest a lack of support for that group. At Irvine High, all students are scoring high in test scores, with little to no gap between each ethnic group. Low-income students are also receiving high test scores and even students with disabilities are scoring well above their state average.

Irvine High School has long been loved by locals and being recognized as a top school is nothing new to Irvine California.

Photo Credit: Irvine Unified School District

Lastly, Environment plays a role in Great Schools ranking system. The environment includes how diverse the student base is and how many students there are per teacher. Irvine High School has ranked high in the environment category because there are students from many different ethnic backgrounds. Having a diverse student base is nothing new in California, but a number of students per teacher is impressive. While there are 26 students per teacher, there are 465 students per counselor. The state average for students per counselor is 830 and per teacher is 22. Irvine High also has more teachers with 3 or more years of experience. 96% of teachers at Irvine High have three or more years of experience while the state average is only 91%.

Serving Irvine High School

These rankings make Varsity Driving Academy proud to serve the students of Irvine High School. Varsity Driving Academy makes learning easy by offering both online and in-class learning options for students. We feel that by letting students make their own schedule, they don’t need to stress out about getting from Irvine High School to Varsity Driving Academy. There’s more time to focus on getting into that 4-year college they’ll be attending in a couple of years. Working together, Varsity Driving Academy and Irvine High School can better prepare students for the bright future they have in front of them.

Irvine High School has long been loved by locals and being recognized as a top school is nothing new to Irvine California.

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