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New program to target ‘middle kid'

APPLE VALLEY • The majority of students fall somewhere in the middle of the grade spectrum, not earning As or Fs, but Bs and Cs.

“Those are the type of students that we want to reach out to,” said Chuck McCall, assistant principal at Granite Hills High School. “The student at risk of not really succeeding, we really want to reach them.”

McCall is referring to a new four-year program that he and a team of teachers created at Granite Hills, known simply as the Systems and Design Academy.

“What we’ll teach is supervisory control and data acquisition,” McCall said. “In layman’s terms the students will learn how to program sophisticated systems, read it, understand it and repair it.”

Local civic entities, such as the Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, have already partnered with the program, McCall said, which would allow the cohorts of participating students to take part in activities such as internships. McCall said he and approximately 10 teachers have asked businesses what they’d like to see students learning, and based their curriculum off the responses.

“We want to make learning more relevant to what they’re going to be learning outside of school so they’ll he a set of abilities to go into a job that will pay them well,” McCall said.

The program is expected to take in 120 freshmen when it begins this fall.

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.

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