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Principal & Pastor Message

Father Binh's Message

Parents and grandparents:
Welcome to the St. Irenaeus Parish School website! Since September of 1963, following the establishment of our parish church in 1961, our parish school has been an amazing presence in the City of Cypress, providing quality faith-based education for many generations. Whether you are a parent or grandparent who has a student in our school already, or whether you are currently looking for a school in which to enroll your child, you will discover that our school is a worthy investment.
Under the capable leadership of our principal, Mrs. Monica Hayden, the faculty and staff at our school strive everyday to provide a safe and ideal environment for the full flourishing of each child from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. Although our academic standards are high and our curriculum is strong, we also understand that each child’s development is different and unique. Therefore, parent involvement is critical to the success of our program. After all, the Church reminds us that parents are the first teachers of their children, especially when it comes to education in the faith. 

The vision for Catholic education here in the Diocese of Orange is to provide students with the best Catholic faith formation and the skills and knowledge to live lives of goodness, service, and success. We love partnering with you on this mission!

Thank you for visiting our website. Please do not hesitate to visit our school campus and talk to our teachers, staff, and/or school parents.
May God bless you in seeking the best education for your child.
Faithfully yours in Christ,

Rev. Binh Tien Nguyen, Pastor



Mrs. Hayden's Message

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the St. Irenaeus School website. Here at St. Irenaeus we are committed to teaching our students to become “Faith-Filled Active Catholics” who are ready to face the challenges that await them in high school and beyond. As a parent and an educator, I understand the sacrifice of investing in a Catholic education, but I also appreciate the tremendous benefits in providing children with a strong academic and faith-filled foundation. At St. Irenaeus you will find that we are dedicated to working with the entire child. We offer programs in all academic areas such as Religion, Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education, along with a variety of enrichment programs:
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Advanced Math
  • Sacrament Preparation
  • Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program
  • Retreats
  • Art
In addition to our academic programs, every student participates in a variety of stewardship programs which serve the school, parish and community. These programs include:
  • Monthly food drives for H.O.P.E.
  • Missionary Childhood Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Coat and blanket collections for the homeless
  • Right to Life Baby Shower
  • Crafting blankets and caroling for the nursing homes
  • Environmental clean-up
I would love to talk with you about the wonderful education your child can receive at St. Irenaeus. Please contact us for additional information or to arrange a school tour.
Yours in Christ,
Monica Hayden, Principal