Back to class: Irvine's top-rated and most-improved public elementary-middle schools

Back to class: Irvine's top-rated and most-improved public elementary-middle schoolsPhoto: iStock
Published on August 20, 2019

How do the public elementary-middle schools in Irvine stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from — including comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Plaza Vista's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Irvine, rising from an A to an A+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 670 Paseo West park, enrolls 916 students. Plaza Vista serves a diverse population: 59% of students identify as Asian, 18% identify as white and 13% identify as Hispanic. Niche graded the school an A for academics (on an A-D scale).

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 77% of Plaza Vista's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 75% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 80% in math and 82% in reading.

While some public elementary-middle schools in Irvine are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Vista Verde, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Orchard Hills, with an A rating overall.
  • Beacon Park, rated A overall.

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