The nearly completed $75 million McBride High School remains on schedule to open next fall and is now accepting applications from prospective students.
Long Beach’s newest high school, located near the corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Carson Street, combines the personalized attention of a small high school with a career-focused approach that prepares students for the demands of college and the working world. Students will demonstrate what they have learned through projects, team collaboration and connections with industry partners.
McBride eventually will accommodate about 1,080 students (270 for its first freshman class in 2013-14). The school will offer three pathways: Engineering, Health-Medical, and Public Services-Forensics. All three McBride pathways are focused on completing the University of California and California State University entrance requirements (a-g) with a sequence of courses that are aligned to college expectations. Each pathway will provide options for students to earn college credits while in high school.
The Engineering Pathway offers a four-year sequence of courses with students designing innovative products using industry-standard CAD/CAM software and CNC machining processes. Students will learn math, science, English and history in the context of the engineering development process. Using the nationally recognized and locally tested Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum, students will graduate with manufacturing and design skills along with a clear understanding of the variety of career and college options available to them.
The Health-Medical Pathway will culminate in the possibility of earning a Certified Nursing Assistant or Emergency Medical Technician certification. The four-year sequence of courses includes healthcare career exploration, global health, principles of health science and diagnostic services. On campus, students will work in a medical lab that resembles a hospital environment, and they will apply what they have learned to experiences in the community.
The Public Services-Forensics Pathway will be supported by a crime lab, a police academy lab and an outdoor obstacle course for training. With simulated crime scenes and interactions with professionals, students will understand the foundations of criminal justice and the legal system, the science behind crime scene investigation, and what to expect of a career in law enforcement and criminology. Students will see the connections between math, science, history and English as important components of investigating a crime scene.
The initial concept for McBride was developed in 2007 when a team of business leaders, including representatives from Boeing, the Port of Long Beach and Molina Health Care worked with the school district and representatives from LBCC and CSULB.
There is no attendance boundary for McBride, and all interested students may apply through the district school of choice process.
McBride is built on the former DeMille Middle School site and is funded through local voter-approved Measure K school bonds, which can be used only for school construction and renovation. The new school is part of LBUSD’s long-range Facility Master Plan. Developed with significant input from the public, the master plan calls for smaller high schools, in part because Long Beach has some of the largest high schools in the state.
Learn more about the new school here.