K-8 school coming to North Irvine
“Few communities get the rare chance to build an institution of learning from the ground up,” said IUSD Board of Education President Ira Glasky. “It’s an opportunity to forge a new school and a new school culture that will serve as the educational foundation for future generations. And very few, if any, will ever create a school as incredible as Cadence Park will be.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Glasky was joined by members of the IUSD Board of Education, Irvine Councilmember Melissa Fox, IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker, Cadence Park Principal Carlo Grasso, IUSD staff, and representatives from city of Irvine. Also recognized were the school’s designer PJHM Architects, builder C.W. Driver, and FivePoint, IUSD’s development partner funding construction of the school.
The 94,000-square-foot Art Deco-inspired campus is on 13 acres near Irvine Boulevard and Portola High School. The school will include:
- Next generation innovation lab that includes a makers space with 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.
- Library with several windows for natural light that includes a dedicated storytelling space, which will also double as a small group work area.
- The 6-8 grader quad will include an outdoor amphitheater, covered small group instruction areas, space for outdoor science activities and a garden.
- Classrooms in grades 1-5 will have a direct connection to interior student collaboration spaces.
- Outdoor collaboration spaces throughout the campus for all grade levels.
- A gymnasium with attached fitness lab.
- Cadence Park School will serve families living in the Great Park Neighborhoods, including Parasol Park and Cadence Park.