Welcome to Inspire School of Arts & Sciences!

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is a 4-year, college-prep, tuition free, public charter high school (grades 9-12). Our small class size, A/B college-style class schedule, Advisory, 12 program majors and wide choice of electives provide students the opportunity to explore, create and grow. With the highest graduation rate in the Chico Unified School District (99%), a silver medal award by US News Best High Schools in America, and a Gold Ribbon Award from CA Dept of Education, Inspire students flourish in a nurturing environment filled with passion, built on excellence.
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Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning Our Town, a beautiful and relevant piece of modern theatre, generates thought about what it means to be alive and how to celebrate life more fully.

Wilder wrote Our Town in 1937 while living in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Peterborough is located in the southern county of Hillsborough. The population of Peterborough recorded 6100 in the 2006 census. During the 1930s the town was even smaller. Rumor has it that Wilder completed the third act after a long walk in the rain with a friend in Zurich.

Our Town opened at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey on January 22nd, 1938. Following its three day run at the McCarter Theatre, it moved to Boston, Massachusetts. The play then debuted in New York City at Henry Miller’s Theatre on February 4th, 1938 and later moved to the Morosco Theatre. Most recently, David Cromer directed a New York Production at the Barrow Street Theatre in February of 2009 that received a good number of positive reviews.

Wilder once said that “we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” During the three acts of Our Town, Wilder successfully weaves together a story about life, love, and loss that teaches its viewer how to live more aware of the treasures life gives. The first two acts follow the lives of two young people, Emily Webb and George Gibbs, their families, and the Wilder-invented town they live in, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. 

During act three, Wilder paints a portrait of tragedy, but o ne with marked with beauty and hope in the future. At the end of act three Emily asks the stage manager, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?—every, every minute?” Wilder asks us, the audience members, the cast, the crew, to think about this question. He invites us into and asks us to examine not “Their” Town, the actors onstage, the make-believe world created in Grover’s Corners, but “ Our” Town. How can we better celebrate our lives, our relationships, our love, Our Town?


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Fact Sheet

  • California Gold Ribbon School
  • U.S. News & World Report –  Best High Schools, Silver Medal
  • The leading arts school in the Northstate:
  • 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:
  • 99% exceeded (54%), met (38%) or nearly met (7%) Language Arts standards o 86% exceeded (13%), met (35%), or nearly met (37%) Mathematics standards.
  • Advanced Placement program offering 9 AP classes (AP exam pass rate over 75%).
  • Average graduation rate over 98% (2012 – 2015).
  • 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


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