Dear Irvine Families,

Welcome to Plaza Vista! We’re honored to serve your children here at Plaza Vista and endeavor to provide the highest quality educational experience we can envision.

Plaza Vista opened its doors in 1999 as a year-round option for Irvine students with a focus on family, the arts, and academics. Today, Plaza Vista is a neighborhood school with many of the traditions from its outset continuing to thrive.

Plaza Vista is one of only three K-8 schools in Irvine and the only school in the district currently to feature ten grades- transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.

Science specialists and science teachers serve students starting in 4th grade. Our supportive PTA helps fund art for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. IPSF helps fund numerous instructional aides (with many of those staff holding teacher credentials) and music classes for all students. Computers are available for students in all grades along with Chromebooks and iPads (thanks in part to our amazing PTA).

Plaza Vista’s Positive Behavior Intervention System framework is PRIDE- Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy. Our entire student body benefits from our middle school students’ leadership via student council, PRIDE mentoring, National Junior Honors Society, No One Eats Alone Day, recycling work, and more.

Our amazing PTA strengthens community and provides resources for our school program in numerous ways including our annual carnival in May (please join us!), the Jog-a-thon, the annual membership drive, family nights (which have included a magic show, bowling, restaurant nights, a “drive-in” movie, bingo, and much more), guest speakers, the book fair, assemblies, bake sales, lunch-time activities and games, field trips, Red Ribbon Week, and more!

The Mission Statement of Plaza Vista is: All staff through collaboration, shared leadership, and while engaging in intellectual risk-taking, will support every child. An unofficial but hallowed slogan here painted in the hallway is: We take care of this place, we take care of each other.

Plaza Vista is a California Gold Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School and its students achievement on standardized exams consistently ranks amongst the highest in the state (like many Irvine schools).

And new for 2016/2017, some new amazing staff, a playground structure provided by our PTA, more technology, additional PE equipment, a larger library collection, new electives at the middle school level, and much more!

We also feature after school classes and childcare (before and after school) on site.

If you are new to the area and/or are interested in a tour, please contact our front office.

Plaza Vista School- home of Stars!

James Parker, Principal


(949) 936-6950

Mr. Parker’s Top 10 Suggested Readings 2016-2017:

  • The End Of Average by Rose
  • How Google Works by Rosenberg & Schmidt
  • Insanely Simple by Segall
  • The Multiplier Effect by Allen, Foster, & Wiseman
  • The Rise by Lewis
  • Square Peg by Rose
  • Start With Why by Sinek
  • Steal Like An Artist by Kleon
  • Switch by Heath & Heath
  • A Whole New Mind by Pink

Have a suggested title? Please let Mr. Parker know!