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School Of Choice

Admission to McBride

Thank you for interest in McBride High School. There is no attendance boundary for McBride; all interested students may apply through the Long Beach School District School of Choice process

McBride High School has earned national acclaim featuring some of the most innovative college and career programs for high school students in the nation.  The school is one of the top high schools as ranked by U.S. News and World report.  McBride hosts two of the 12 pathways certified as "Gold" by the Linked Learning Alliance in the nation.

A team of business leaders, including representatives from Boeing, the Port of Long Beach, and Molina Health Care, worked with LBUSD and representatives from LBCC and CSULB to form the unique concept that is the McBride High School Pathway community.  McBride offers a variety of ways to enrich your high school experience, including a variety of clubs, student government, competition groups and numerous service opportunities. Several of McBride's activities have made headlines.

LBUSD School of Choice process

Three Pathways - One Vision

McBride High School has three pathways: Engineering, Health-Medical, and Criminal Justice and Investigation. All three pathways engage students around their interests, find relevant connections to real world activities, and gauge student learning through collaborative, hands-on projects. All three pathways prepare students for the demands of college and the workforce. With workplace learning experiences in their senior year, all three pathways empower and inspire students to make their own path and determine their own future.


McBride Engineering

With a four-year engineering sequence of courses, students will design new and innovative products using industry standard CAD/CAM software and CNC machining processes. Students will learn math, science, history, and English in the context of the engineering development process. Using the nationally recognized and locally tested Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum, students will graduate from McBride Engineering with demonstrated manufacturing and design skills and a strong understanding of the variety of engineering career and college options. Along the way, students will experience the joy of creating something new, moving from concept to reality. Minimum requirement: 3.0 or better GPA and enrollment in the Algebra 1 A-G requirement at middle school.

Contact the Pathway Lead Teachers:

Esmeralda Solano:, 
Carl Fraytet:
health care

McBride Health - Medical

Focusing on the health sciences, as well as skills that are useful in all health and medical professions, students will take a four-year sequence of courses that includes Health Concepts and Careers, Medical Terminology, and Medical Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and a Simulation Lab with possible internship opportunities.  Health-Medical courses provide the cornerstone for interdisciplinary projects in all four years. Students have the opportunity to earn CPR and first aid certification with the possibility of participating in Teen CERT training. Students will apply their learning to practical experiences through community partnerships and participate in activities in the health lab classroom that incorporate diagnostic tools and treatment equipment used in the field. Minimum requirements: 2.25 GPA.

Contact the Pathway Lead Teachers:

Neal Cates:
Davion White:
crime scene

McBride Criminal Justice and Investigation

Supported by a Crime Lab, a Mock Trial and outdoor physical training, the McBride Criminal Justice and Investigation pathway places emphasis in a legal and forensics context throughout the student’s four-year experience. With simulated crime scenes and interactions with professionals, students will understand the foundations of the criminal justice and legal systems, the science behind CSI, and the expectations of a future in law enforcement and criminology. Students will see the connections between math, science, history, and English as important components of the Criminal Justice system. Minimum requirements 2.25 GPA.

Contact the Pathway Lead Teacher:

Ryan Mortiz:  


A Unique Experience

McBride High School looks and feels different than any other high school you have seen. With career labs and specialized spaces for collaboration, students will demonstrate what they have learned through integrated projects, team collaboration, and connections with industry partners. Teachers also work as a team to meet the needs of individual students and create a coherent educational experience. With learning centered on a career-themed course of study, students will see the connections between the theme of their pathways and the academic disciplines of history, science, math, and English. 

Challenging Academics

All three McBride pathways are focused on completing the UC and CSU Entrance Requirements (a-g) with a sequence of courses that are aligned to college expectations. Advanced Placement (AP) courses and options to earn college credits and industry certifications upon graduation will be offered in the upper grades.


Question regarding School of Choice Process

LBUSD Choice Hotline: (562) 997-8306

Go to the District High School Choice webpage

Questions regarding McBride Programs

Email Gina Rae Stolpestad at