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 is a California Gold Ribbon School, a California Distinguished School, and an Educational Results Partnership and Campaign for Business and Education Excellence California Honor Roll School. Our students achievement on standardized exams consistently ranks amongst the highest in the state (like many Irvine schools).


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, lunch time activities, and coding classes. 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.


And new for 2017/2018, some new amazing staff, additional electives and PE offerings for our middle school, additional technology, additional PE equipment, a larger library collection, 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 2017-2018:


  • Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades by Boushey & Moser
  • How Google Works by Rosenberg & Schmidt
  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success by Segal
  • Leaders of Learning: How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement by DuFour & Marzano
  • Learning by Doing : A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities At Work by DuFour et al
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Heath & Heath
  • Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and innovative Thinking by Professor Boaler (Stanford)
  • Square Peg: My Story and What it Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, & Outside-Of-The-Box Thinkers by Professor Rose (Harvard)
  • Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Kleon
  • Tools of Titans:  The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World Class Performers by Ferris


Have a suggested title? Please let Mr. Parker know