New and improved IUSD schools
The new school will be a state-of-the-art education facility, following on the success of last year’s opening of Beacon Park School and Portola High School. The 94,000-square-foot Art Deco-inspired campus sits on 13 acres and will include the following features:
- A next generation innovation lab that includes a makers space and an attached video production room. The space will also be equipped with sinks and a roll-up door to the exterior to create a flexible learning space.
- A library building with several windows for natural light that includes a dedicated storytelling space, which will also double as a small group work area.
- All classrooms in grades 1-5 will have a direct connection to the interior student collaboration spaces.
- The 6-8 quad will include an outdoor amphitheater, covered small group instruction areas, space for outdoor science activities and a garden.
- Outdoor collaboration spaces throughout the campus for all grade levels.
- Gymnasium with attached fitness lab.
The groundbreaking for Cadence Park is set for Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. The school is expected to be ready for classes in August 2018.
While the newest school in Irvine has been named and will soon be under construction, some of the oldest schools in the city are being improved. Renovations have begun at six of the 28 older Irvine Unified School District schools that will be upgraded with a $319 million bond that voters passed last year.
The district plans to receive the money in four parts over 12 years. Funding for the first series is $95 million, which will go toward 21 schools.
The first six schools to see Measure E projects commence are some of the oldest in Irvine, including Bonita Canyon, College Park, Culverdale, Greentree, Santiago Hills and Stone Creek elementary schools.
Select projects at the elementary schools include adding doors to existing classrooms, upgrade heating and air conditioning, adding collaborative learning spaces, a music classroom and an innovation lab, installing flexible furniture, improving parking lot accessibility and improving restrooms.