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Come for the Education, Stay for the Community

Students often come to IVA High because they are looking for something different: a smaller school, access to engineering and the arts, or a place to belong. They find all of that and so much more at our tuition-free charter high school. They find transformational learning and a community that’s got their back.


The Best Choice for High School in Long Beach 

As a WASC accredited high school, we provide much more than meets the eye – a unique student-led curriculum, thriving clubs and sports, science, technology, engineering and arts and unwavering support from highly qualified teachers. We offer multiple pathways to your dream college, career and life, including: 

  • College Preparation Classes (AP, Honors & Advising)
  • Dual Enrollment with LBCC 
  • Support for All Learners, including 504s and IEPs
  • Paid Internships

Empowered Community

But what really matters at our small high school is each and every member of our community. We’ve built a school culture that is welcoming to all students, a place where individuals are invited to express themselves and grow in their identity. 

We provide opportunities for growth and independence within a caring, supportive group of students and teachers. From our robust counseling and advising program to trusted relationships, IVA High is a community that has your back: 

All of the students are like a family. We treat everyone with respect. We are a school where we are heard and not shut down for our opinions. There is no fighting. We handle things differently. Instead of physically fighting one another, we learn how to talk it out. It is so small, so we have to get along. 

–9th Grade Student at IVA High

Our community is our greatest asset and we love watching it grow. We’re enrolling 9th-12th grade students for Fall 2023 and invite you to join us for transformational learning and empowered community. Visit our enrollment page to get started today. 

About IVA High

IVA High is a fully accredited, tuition-free public high school in Long Beach, California with a mission to empower students to think well: creatively, critically, and with a capacity for self-growth. Our learner-centered approach puts students in charge of their education, while dual enrollment and paid internships transform learning into action. Students come for college prep, STEAM and limitless options for their future; they stay for smaller, safer learning in a vibrant, caring community. Join us–we’re building curious minds & empowered communities.