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Granite Hills unveils new Visual and Performing Arts Academy



APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (news release) – Granite Hills High School unveiled the new G.R.E.A.T. (Granite Recording and Entertainment Arts Training) Academy, Apple Valley Unified School District’s first official visual and performing arts career pathway, at the regular Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 18. The new CTE/AME pathway was presented by Chuck McCall, Granite Hills High School Principal, to the Board and a standing-room-only crowd of GHHS students and teachers.

The G.R.E.A.T. Academy will combine Granite Hills’ thriving visual and performing arts programs with career and technical training in the performing and recording industry. Components will include dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, stagecraft and production.

Videos were shown to the Board to showcase student testimonials and to demonstrate Granite Hills’ newly purchased industry standard recording equipment, as well as music written and recorded by GHHS students. Student testimonials were given by students looking to study music at UC Berkeley, students interested in writing music, beat artists and others hoping to work in the entertainment industry. Students thanked the Board for their support in turning the plans for this academy into a reality.

Staff at Granite Hills have been working for four years to design this CTE academy around industry standards in order to best prepare students for future education and work in this field.

In developing the program, GHHS has worked with industry advisors including a broadway performer, local performers, local businesses in the arts and entertainment field, and representatives from the Southern California arts and entertainment industry. McCall also explained that the visual and performing arts teachers involved in the Academy have gone back to school to get their Career Technical Education Credentials.

(Photo courtesy Apple Valley Unified School District)

“Teachers are stepping outside of the box and changing the way they deliver instruction allowing students to take charge of their education and to flourish. The G.R.E.A.T. Academy is a shining example of this new innovative thinking,” said McCall. “The academy will allow our students to reach creative levels that were not possible in the past. I am so proud of our staff and am excited for the students who will take part in shaping the G.R.E.A.T. Academy.”

Granite Hills High School is now accepting registration for the new pathway. If you are interested in the Recording and Entertainment Arts field or would like more information about the G.R.E.A.T. Academy, please contact Granite Hills High School at 760-961-2290.


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