The mission of the Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is to provide high levels of learning and support within a personalized environment that allows students to explore their interests and develop their talents.
Inspire School of Arts and Sciences strives to motivate and empower its students to reach their intellectual, creative, personal, civic, and social potentials in a smaller, supportive environment in which all students feel safe, appreciated and respected.
Inspire students learn to communicate effectively, think critically and creatively, question convention, solve problems, and become competent and resourceful users of technology.
Our school’s structure and teaching strategies are designed to foster excellence in all disciplines, while preparing students for college and university level scholarship.
The value of both performing and fine arts in our lives is honored in a curriculum that infuses a diversity of art into the students’ day and into the culture of our school. Our students have the opportunity to explore and enhance their individual creative talents under the guidance of professional, experienced artists.
Inspire students experience the wonder of art and intersection of the arts and sciences, and they learn to recognize how they benefit and impact the future world that we will build for the generations that follow us.
Our School and Philosophy
Inspire is a collaboration between teachers, parents, students and community members, dedicated to creating a school that empowers students to explore and discover their personal talents and passions. It is our goal that Inspire students graduate with a vision of their future, motivating them to succeed in post- secondary education and in their future careers.
Our faculty and staff bring years of experience in creating and implementing successful educational programs that provide students with smaller, more personalized learning environments. We know that students learn best when they see connections between disciplines, classroom instruction, their own personal passions and skills, and their academic and career futures. Inspire’s instructional strategies and curriculum reveal those important connections, motivating our students to succeed.
A balanced curriculum of challenging academic courses and deep, rich performing arts, fine arts, and science/engineering pathway programs
At their core, both art and science are about discovery. Because our goal is to help our students discover their own unique talents and personal passions, the arts and sciences are presented as a dual lens through which students view their learning and their experiences. Students apply core knowledge, scientific concepts, and knowledge and skills they develop in their pathway programs, to real-world problems and issues.
Inspire’s curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. In addition to a comprehensive range of UC-approved courses in all academic areas, Inspire students explore their interests through academic electives such as Creative Writing, Humanities Cafe, or Biotechnical Engineering and Anatomy. Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in a number of curricular areas. Inspire students are encouraged to concurrently enroll in college courses at California State University Chico or
Blending Personalization With Rigor: Our Approach
Inspire has established Ten Core Principles which serve as much of the foundation from which program development occurs. These Core Principles facilitate the blending of personalization with rigor. Inspire’s instructional design incorporates features that have been shown to be effective in helping students learn. These include:
- A personalized environment where students are well-known by adults in the school
- A rigorous curriculum, with high expectations for all students and an explicit focus on college preparation
- A structure and curriculum which supports the development of both the head and heart
- A strong connection with the community
- A strong connection to local institutions of higher learning
- A learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe and nurturing
- A system of academic support to enable all students to attain the curriculum
- Enrichment opportunities for all students
- Grade-level advisory which provides every student with the same advisor and smaller group of students through their high school career.
- Parent involvement
Inspire Awards and Accolades
- California Gold Ribbon School
- U.S. News & World Report – Best High Schools, Silver Medal
- The leading arts school in the Northstate:
- National Arts Schools Network Exemplary Program
- California Exemplary Arts Program
- Annual “Artist in residence” workshop in partnership with Chico Performances. Curriculum utilizing inquiry-based instruction, applied sciences, cooperative learning, industry standard skill development, “flipped classroom” and formative assessment
- Procured grant funding over $630k supporting Arts and Engineering career pathways.
- Majors Program including: Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Recording Arts, Digital/Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Dance, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Humanities.
- Most offerings of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses in the Northstate.
- 2015 CAASPP 11th grade assessment results outperformed the state, county, and district:
- Highest standardized test scores in the Chico area in ELA, math, and science
- Advanced Placement program offering 9 AP classes (AP exam pass rate over 75%).
- Average graduation rate over 96% (2012 – 2019).
- Full 6 year WASC accreditation with no 3rd year visit required (2014 – 2020).
- Two charter renewals and lottery for incoming enrollment every year.
- Engaged student body of 450 who support many campus clubs, an inclusive environment, and are expected to lead their peers.
- A parent community that coordinates the Inspire Foundation which financially supports instructional projects and student scholarship.
- Innovative staff who value collective growth, peer observation, and open communication.
- Leadership who values shared-decision making, transparency, and empowering teachers
- Lead agency for the EngagED project supported by a $250k dissemination grant focused on student engagement with over 35 teachers participating throughout Butte County.
- Collaborative partners with Chico Unified School District, Butte County Office of Education, Butte College, CSU, Chico and local charter schools
- Gold Medal winners in SkillsUSA regional and state competitions in the area of Digital Media Arts
- National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Support Music Merit Award School See Student Documentary
- Rita Moreno Awards – Best Actor See student documentary about the awards ceremony
- Student performances at The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland See student documentary about the trip