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New school for Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods welcomes kids on first day of school – Orange County Register

New classes of elementary and middle school students filled the halls of Solis Park School in Irvine on the first day of school Thursday, August 18, breaking into the latest — and for now final — new campus to be built in the city.

The 108,000 square foot campus serves residents of the Great Park Neighborhoods. It’s Irvine’s fifth through eighth grade and the last school campus the city has planned, said Annie Brown, spokeswoman for the Irvine Unified School District.

Elements such as a science and arts courtyard and “state-of-the-art music and science classrooms” were incorporated into the school’s design “to encourage discovery, curiosity, collaboration and innovation,” Brown said in an email.

An innovation lab — where students can participate in activities like robotics, engineering, or video production — and special education rooms are also available on campus, as is an indoor gym and fitness center.

Solis Park, just west of Irvine Boulevard, is the newest school to welcome students since Loma Ridge Elementary opened in 2019. At least one new school opened every year between 2013 and 2019 in the fast-growing city.

Upgrades at another 28 older schools in the district have either begun or been completed thanks to Measure E, passed by Irvine voters in 2016. The measure authorized the sale of bonds to raise $319 million to fund renovations of existing schools with the goal of “ensuring all students, not just those in newer neighborhoods, have access to modern learning environments and technology to meet all IUSD Provide educational equity to students,” Brown said.

Some of the projects funded by Measure E include the new performing arts center at Woodbridge High and science, music and innovation labs at several schools in the district.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/08/18/new-school-for-irvines-great-park-neighborhoods-welcomes-kids-on-first-day-of-school/ New school for Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods welcomes kids on first day of school – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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