Educational excellence is the hallmark of schools on The Irvine Ranch® and a principal reason people choose to live here. The Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation are proud to join an active and involved community that enthusiastically supports educational excellence and enrichment.
The Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation have a long history of consistent, generous and passionate support of education in the school districts located on The Irvine Ranch, schools that are consistently ranked among the finest in the state. They have invested more than $200 million supporting students, teachers, principals, individual schools, school districts, universities and university scholars on The Irvine Ranch. Further, the Irvine Company's innovative education philanthropy, public policy initiatives and comprehensive planning have helped create and sustain some of the most successful and highly recognized school districts in the State of California.
Here are just a few of the programs the Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation have sponsored over the years:
Student Leadership Awards:
This awards program recognized high school students in the Irvine, Newport-Mesa, Orange, Tustin and Laguna Beach school districts who demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and the potential to make a difference in our community.
Teacher of the Year Awards:
These awards honor teachers throughout the Irvine and Tustin school districts. The Teacher of Excellence Award is presented to teachers for creating academically nurturing environments and demonstrating educational excellence.
Donald Bren Foundation
A $1,000,000 grant supports art enrichment classes and projects in K-12 schools on The Irvine Ranch. This grant helps fund programs that let students’ imaginations soar.
Exploring Ecosystems at Limestone Canyon -- The Outdoor Classroom:
Each year, hundreds of seventh-graders from Santiago Charter Middle School in Orange participate in "Exploring Ecosystems at Limestone Canyon." Co-sponsored by the Irvine Company, The Nature Conservancy, UC Irvine, the Orange County Department of Education and the middle school, lessons are brought to life for students through a fun, hands-on field study program. The goal of developing the program was to not only educate students about different ecosystems, but to also inform students, schools and the community about the important natural resources on The Irvine Ranch.