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Signature Academies

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) offers a variety of Signature Academies, at each of our four comprehensive high schools, to prepare students for global competitiveness. Students enrolled in a Signature Academy receive unique curriculum options that complement our core academic programs. The programs are available to incoming ninth-grade students that reside within the district boundaries, regardless of their school zone of residence.

We also offer specialty elementary programs, such as the Mandarin Immersion Program at College Park Elementary and the Spanish Immersion Program at Whittier Elementary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to reside within Newport-Mesa attendance area to apply?
    Yes. Enrollment is limited to students within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s attendance boundaries.  
  • May we apply to more than one school?
    Yes.  You must submit a separate online application for each academy.  
  • Is there a benefit to submitting my child’s application on the first day?
    No. All applications submitted within the enrollment period will have an equal opportunity. 
  • Can parents obtain tentative approval if they have to pay private school tuition prior to the notification date?
    No. Tentative approvals are not given. 
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