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Connections at Irvine High School

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          at Irvine Special Classes

4321 Walnut Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604

​​Office:  949-425-2154​​​

​Connections at Irvine High School are located in Irvine and serve students from middle school to adult transition with moderate to severe disabilities.  We are located on the campus of Irvine High School in the Irvine Unified School District. 

Staff uses evidenced-based instructional strategies to teach the functional skills that will maximize independence for the students. Classroom instruction is aligned to the California Standards and 21st Century skills. 

Each classroom benefits from smaller class sizes, increased staff to student ratio, and structured educational expectations. Instruction is designed to meet the individual needs of each student throughout the school day. 

Instruction is based upon the following curricular skills: functional academics, communication, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills so our students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocation, community, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities. Establishing a functional means of communication for each student is also an important focus of the program. 

In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in Community Based Instruction (CBI) in order to practice and generalize skills in the community. 

As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise, supported by collaboration between parents, students, teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administration, and professional development leads to a safe learning environment and positive student outcomes.​