Do not be swayed by those with negative experiences. There are some parents who will never be happy and think their child can do no wrong. The overwhelming majority of kids and parents have nothing but positive things to say about the school. Having grown up in Irvine myself, I am very familiar with most of the schools in district. We specifically chose Vista Verde because we felt it offered the best balance of all the district schools. Irvine is known for academics and every school in the district will provide an excellent education. What separates Vista Verde beyond the excellent academics is the student body are also encouraged to explore other interests, athletics, art, music, etc. The diversity of the student body also creates a great atmosphere for the kids to meet all kinds of people and explore different viewpoints than they may otherwise be exposed to. If you are looking for school that not only offers excellent academics but also a well rounded environment for you children Vista Verde is a great choice.