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Since its inception in 2010
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences has provided students with the unique opportunity to explore and intensively learn in the areas of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, digital media arts, engineering, and science – unlike any other high school in the North State. This award-winning high school commits to preparing the greatest number of students possible within a small school environment for a successful transition to college, work, and life experiences that reflect a lifelong love of learning, a fearless approach to risk-taking, a healthy work ethic, and a passionate commitment to service.
Over ten years of Inspire students have walked through the campus and so many stay in touch, talk about how Inspire changed their lives, and have said that Inspire staff made them who they are today. Take a look at what they have to say…

Theodora Oldfield

Class of 2020
Like many, my draw to Inspire was the dance program. The idea of being able to dance while at school seemed like a dream to me. Just the fact I could take a class in dance in high school felt like I was being listened to- that my love of dance was being recognized as something rational and necessary and not just a hobby. The opportunities I have been presented with from being an Inspire student in the dance program are astounding. To this day I still remember combinations I learned at Radix dance competition. I remember the encouragement from my peers that eventually led to my love of improvisational dance. I remember the feeling of choreographing a 17 minute long ballet in our spring production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" as my Senior Capstone Project and just how proud I was. However, the thing I remember most that will stick with me for a lifetime wasn't the dance program by itself- is the integration of Arts and Sciences at Inspire. I will never forget tap dancing in the recording studio to see what microphones would work best on them, just like I will never forget history presentations done in interpretive dance form or my friend's dance inspired by the prevention of global warming. These things among countless examples made me realize that my art of dance was not independent from the world of science or language or music- they are all worldwide expressions. Because of Inspire I have a perspective that few in the dance industry are lucky enough to have.
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Victoria Knighten

Class of 2020
If it wasn't for the amazing staff that has inspired me and has pushed me to continue what I love to do best, I probably wouldn't even be thinking about having a career at all but the dance program at Inspire is one of the main reasons why I have continued to do what I love and continue my studies in dance.
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Webster Moore

Class of 2015
Inspire propelled me into the musical career that I'm currently pursuing.  It was the first place I sang in front of folks on a stage, where I started my first band, and where I started to writing my own music.  I'm very appreciative of the experiences I've had at this school, and consider myself very lucky I got to attend.
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Real graduates. Real rockstars.

Emily Teague

Photographer, Educator, Ambassador at SmugMug
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Oliver Moore

Award Winning Pianist, Composer
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Kat Burchett

Actor, Model, Disney Staff
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