$2 Million Donation Presented To Irvine IUSD Board President Betty Carroll
Irvine Unified School District recently received a $2 million from the Irvine Company for its Excellence in Education Enrichment program.
“This is truly a unique partnership,” Irvine Unified School Board President Betty Carroll said of the company’s 20-year commitment to the district. “This puts children first and continues to support a bright future for IUSD students.”
In 2006, Irvine Company began partnering with IUSD to fill a funding gap in providing art, music and science teachers to every fourth through sixth grader in the district.
The program has helped provide nearly 100,000 elementary students with classes usually available only to secondary students.
Instruction includes two one-hour science lessons per week, two 40-minute music lessons per week, and six one-hour art lessons per year – all taught by highly specialized instructors.
As a result, IUSD students outperform their peers in California – and the nation – in many of these subjects.
In 2019 Advanced Placement tests, IUSD students surpassed other California students in chemistry by 33%; in music theory by 24%; and in studio art drawing by 30%.
“The Irvine Company’s donation has enabled IUSD to preserve and increase opportunities in subjects that are critical for success in college and career,” Superintendent Terry Walker said.