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About Us


Lassen Antelope Volcanic Academy (LAVA) is a school of high achieving fifth to eighth grade students who have a strong desire to succeed. LAVA values character education and we work with students to help them become compassionate, inclusive, empathetic, and responsible lifelong learners.  

We are proud to offer flexible learning options to suit our students needs. Our Hybrid Independent Study Program allows for students to be on campus from three to five days a week. Our typical school day starts at 8:00 am and ends at 12:20 pm. In the afternoon, students are welcome to stay until 3:05 and take part in our optional elective programs that take place Monday through Thursday. We also offer a full time Independent Study Program for students and families who are looking for the flexibility of working from home via an online learning platform.

Here at LAVA our dedicated educators and staff hope to instill a love for the outdoors and a deep understanding of the natural world. Our charter school has a unique relationship with Lassen Volcanic National Park and this allows us to head up the mountain for some hands on fieldwork, to meet with park rangers and scientists, and to explore the wonders of the outdoors.


Our Mission:

Our mission is to provide students an academically challenging educational experience with a focus on technology and 21st century practices.  By employing inquiry-based, thematic units of study and hands-on fieldwork 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.   


Is L.A.V.A. Right for Your Student?

Considerations before enrolling:

    • LAVA is a small charter school and we keep classes small with a limit of 25 students per grade.

    • We do not offer transportation except to field trips.

    • We do not have a cafeteria and do not provide lunch or breakfast.

    • Students who wish to stay for afternoon electives must bring a lunch from home.

    • To be eligible for our program students must complete 80% of all work assigned.

    • We expect all students to learn at high levels and to work hard in all subjects.


If you would like more details or want to arrange a meeting please call at (530) 727-9495 or email our director at


What our students think:

  • Nathan; “I like LAVA because when I am there I feel safe and I can truly learn.”

  • Gracelyn; “My favorite thing about LAVA is the kids, everyone’s willing to become friends.”

  • Collin; “I like LAVA because of the field trips to Lassen Park.”

  • Skyler; “I like the one-on-one working. The teachers here are really involved.”


Enrollment Opportunities:

Currently we have openings in 5th and 6th grade but they are filling up fast.