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Who We Are

Our Philosophy:

As a high achieving school, we recognize that one size does not fit all! 

Students need educational opportunities delivered at the proper levels in order to grow intellectually. In communities, small and large, too many students are forced to conform to an educational model that does not fit their learning styles. 

With our optional electives, our independent study program (ISP), our hybrid ISP, and our dedicated staff we are able to serve students at their proper level, to maximize learning and growth.

Our Mission: 

Our Mission is to provide students an academically challenging educational experiences with a focus on technology and 21st century practices. By employing inquiry-based, thematic units of study and hands on field work opportunities, our ISP and Hybrid ISP programs offer choice, flexibility, variety, and hands on learning.

LAVA charter school  strives to embody a culture where students can acquire the skills and knowledge that will motivate them to become lifelong learners. It is our goal to help families to shape students into positive, empathetic, respectful people and to use our partnership with Lassen National Park to instill a passion for the natural world.

A Day at LAVA

Our school uses a traditional middle school block schedule to best serve our students. Students will see their homeroom teachers for 15 minutes in the morning and then again later in the day for a 30 minute independent reading period. They see all other teachers 3 days a week for two 90-minute blocks and one 60 minute period on Fridays. 

All of our core subjects are delivered before lunch from 8:00 to 12:20. At 1:00 pm Monday - Thursday our electives begin and take place from 1:00 to 3:05. These include targeted intervention classes in math and reading, study hall style "tutorials", robotics, leadership, yearbook, computers, art, and more. The electives are optional, however, most students decide to stay for all or part of them each week. 

Independent Study

Our independent study program provides a ton of flexibility for families that are frequently out of town for sports or other responsibilities. This program is 100% online with the exception of the quick 5 to 10 minute progress monitoring meetings with the director each week.