In 1981 the Irvine Unified School District created an Independent Study Program and it was renamed San Joaquin High School in 1988. Starting in 2015, San Joaquin High School became a blended learning independent study program. 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. Some courses may require additional "on-site" time.
San Joaquin High School draws 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. San Joaquin High School courses accredited through WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and are NCAA approved.