“At Inspire the teachers truly care about both the education and the well-being of their students. They encourage their students to look outside the box, be creative, and come to conclusions on their own. Student are given the opportunity to express themselves through their work and be shown how they can pursue their passions in the real world.”
– Hailey, Class of 2016
“Inspire definitely prepared me for life after high school. I came out of high school a well rounded person who could juggle getting good grades, being in musicals, and having fun whilst creating connections. Students at Inspire have a lot on their plates and learning how to do that in high school sets you up for an easier transition into college and a career.”
– Andrea, Class of 2012
“My favorite aspect about Inspire was the close-knit community that transcended class levels and interests. It was a rare experience where friendships weren’t limited by cliques or seniority; the school productions and activities helped promote a unified school where everyone could feel welcome.”
– Josiah, Class of 2013
“Inspire School of Arts and Sciences is by far the best high school in Butte County. I have spent the past four years commuting 60 miles a day in order to get the best education available to me. One of my favorite aspects of Inspire is the opportunity to take so many classes.”
– Heather, Class of 2020

Enroll at Inspire!

If you’re looking for an approach to a tuition-free high school education that prioritizes student well-being, collaboration with families, and hands-on learning experiences, Inspire School of Arts & Sciences may be the right fit for you! We strive to motivate and empower 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. Learn more about us by watching our 5 Year Anniversary video (to the left) and visit our YouTube Channel to watch more. 

Open Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year:

Starts December 1, 2021


We will have open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year until we are full (we have about 30 spots available).

We we are full, we will start a waitlist.


If you have difficulty with the form, try a different browser, or give us a call at 530-891-3090 x208. Please do NOT complete form if you are currently enrolled at Inspire.

Application Form

Sibling of Current Inspire Student

Is your student interested in one or more of the following areas?

Do parents/guardians live together?

Is your student currently receiving special services?

Has your student received special services in the past?

If so, which services?

Does your student have an IEP?

Has your student had an IEP in the past?

Printable Application Form

If you prefer to apply by U.S. Mail, you can click here for a printable application form and mail to: Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, 335 West Sacramento Ave, Chico, CA 95926.

Please note: an electronic application is preferable and also more reliable.



Please keep the application Checklist/Admissions Policies for your records.

These forms must be completed for application to be valid:

Once student is accepted to Inspire, the following items will need to be submitted within one week for enrollment to be considered valid:
  • Completed online enrollment paperwork (link will be sent via e-mail)
  • Birth certificate (if student is coming from a school outside Chico Unified School District)
  • Immunization records
  • Health History form

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and will not charge tuition nor discriminate against any student based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, home language, or disability.


Space permitting, Inspire School of Arts & Sciences shall admit all pupils who wish to attend the school within the Chico Unified School District. As space allows, students may also be admitted from surrounding districts in Butte County.
Special consideration shall be given to students protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution, to comply with both state and federal charter law.