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Signature Academies

Signature Academies offer students a global competitiveness to better prepare them for college and career success. Students enrolled in Signature Academies receive unique curriculum options and supplemental activities that complement the core academic programs at NMUSD high schools.

Signature academies include specialty programs centered on key, industry leading careers and areas of study such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Arts and Math (STEAM). Each of the four NMUSD High Schools offer unique programs, which are open to all ninth grade students within the NMUSD, regardless of their zone of residence.

High School Programs & Applications

Student in engineering class

Corona Del Mar Zone - English Brochure /Spanish Brochure

For more information and to apply, visit the CdM Signature Academy Webpage 


Costa Mesa Zone - English Brochure/Spanish Brochure

For more information and to apply, visit the Estancia Signature Academy Webpage 


Estancia Zone - English Brochure /Spanish Brochure

For more information and to apply, visit the ...

Estancia Engineering and Design Academy Webpage

Estancia Medical Academy Webpage

Estancia Digital Media Arts Academy

Estancia Lyceum Academy Webpage


Newport Harbor ZoneEnglish Brochure/Spanish Brochure

For more information and to apply, visit the Newport Harbor International Baccalaureate Webpage

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. 

Elementary Programs 

Kids in a classroom

In addition to Signature Academies, NMUSD also offers three specialty elementary school programs – a Modern Scholars program at Adams Elementary, a Mandarin bi-literacy program at College Park Elementary, and a Spanish bi-literacy program at Whittier Elementary.  These programs are available for kindergarten students, who them matriculate through the upper grades. The bilingual programs are available to all NMUSD students, regardless of their school zone of residence.

Adams Elementary Modern Scholars

Modern Scholars Brochure (English)
Modern Scholars Brochure (Spanish)

College Park Elementary Mandarin Dual-Immersion Program

Mandarin Dual Immersion Brochure (English)
Mandarin Dual Immersion Brochure (Spanish)

Whittier Elementary Spanish Dual-Immersion Program

Spanish Dual Immersion Brochure (English)
Spanish Dual Immersion Brochure (Spanish)

Elementary Applications

Applications are accepted late March through April.

Mandarin Dual-Immersion, College Park Elementary

Mandarin Dual Immersion Application - English

Mandarin Dual Immersion Application - Spanish


Spanish Dual-Immersion, Whittier Elementary

Spanish Dual Immersion Application in English
Spanish Dual Immersion Application in Spanish


Adams Modern Scholars Academy

Modern Scholars Application in English
Modern Scholars Application in Spanish