Welcome to Creekside Education Center

Creekside Education Center (CEC) houses 5 programs: Creekside High School, San Joaquin High School, San Joaquin Middle School 7-8, Irvine Adult School, and Home/Hospital.

Creekside High School, the second oldest high school in Irvine Unified, was established in the summer of 1974 as the alternative high school for Irvine Unified School District. It was the result of efforts of a group of students, parents, teachers and administrators who challenged the assumption that a comprehensive high school is an appropriate learning environment for ALL students. In 1981 the Irvine Unified School District created an Independent Study Program and it was renamed San Joaquin High School in 1988. San Joaquin High School is an optional, alternative school where students are required to study 20+ hours a week, independently, in addition to one hour of class-time, per class, every week. All courses may require additional "on-site" time. Both Creekside and San Joaquin High School draw students from throughout IUSD’s traditional high schools. We are a workable and proven choice to Irvine's larger, traditional high schools. The quality of education here is superior if a student commits and is ready to work hard. Both schools are accredited through WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

In September 2007 Creekside Education Center relocated to the corner of Barranca Parkway and Harvard Street. These facilities are located on 8.5 acres of a 20 acre school district site. The high school classrooms include a Career/College/Computer Center, a Digital Graphic Arts computer laboratory, a Mac lab, two science rooms, 2-D and 3-D Arts rooms adjacent to an outdoor ceramics laboratory, a state-of the art Culinary Arts facility, and seven general education classrooms.

The Creekside Education Center also supports the district’s K-8 blended learning program, founded in 1989, as well as the Irvine Adult School. The San Joaquin Elementary School provides guidance, support, and enrichment for home-schooling families through individualized support and weekly workshops. Irvine Adult School offers classes for adults and concurrent students to earn a high school diploma, as well as for adults to learn English as a Second language.

A student’s presence in Irvine Unified School District alternative programs place greater personal responsibility and discipline to respond, not only to graduation requirements, but to prepare themselves academically, socially, and emotionally for "life after high school." We are committed to our students becoming independent learners who are, ultimately, accountable for their own education and achievement of personal goals.

Our Creekside Education Center motto is: Every day is a new day to succeed.” We believe in the power of those words and in the destiny of each student to grow and develop in positive, successful ways.