APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — Granite Hills High School was recently named a Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics of Southern California (SOSC).
The school was awarded this designation based on a collaborative effort by teachers, advisors, coaches, and administrators, to promote inclusion of all students through school engagement and inclusive school clubs and athletics.
The SOSC awarded Granite Hills an $1800 grant to be used toward these efforts.
Specifically, Granite Hills offers unified athletic teams, in which several special education students practice and compete alongside their regular education peers, as well as school clubs promoting youth leadership and inclusion in which special education and regular education students work together as elected officers.
Additionally, the school is currently planning a district-wide Unified Field Day and an “End the R-Word” campaign.
The school applied for the designation under the leadership of UCS liaison and Granite Hills teacher, Mike Sluder, and with the support of Principal Chuck McCall.