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Granada Hills Charter High School (GHHS, GHCHS, or simply "Granada") is an independent public school consisting of over 4100 students in grades 9-12. The school's colors are green, black, and white.
The school is a comprehensive public high school and was founded in 1960 as part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In 1994, the school opened on its campus an LAUSD magnet school with an emphasis in math, science and technology in conjunction with the California State University at Northridge. The school also maintains a highly successful program for the deaf and hard of hearing. In 2003, the school was awarded charter status which granted it fiscal and instructional autonomy in order to improve student academic performance. The current charter is valid through June 30, 2014.
As an independent public school, GHCHS generates approximately $35 million based on student enrollment and specific programs, all of which is overseen by a locally determined Board of Directors or Governing Board. As an independent, directly funded charter school, the majority of the funding is sent directly to the school.
The school currently holds a six-year (without a midterm review) accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the highest accreditation term available and one only a small handful of schools in the state receive. In addition, based on its high standards of leadership, instruction, student performance and fiscal responsibility, the School was awarded Certified Membership with the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), one of a small group of charter schools statewide to receive such a status. During the 2007-08 school year, GHCHS was also awarded the Cambridge Certification after undergoing an exhaustive review of the instructional program, governance, student performance, operations, and fiscal viability.
The school's sports stadium, the John Elway Stadium, is used by the Los Angeles Rampage women's soccer team, and is the former home ground of the San Fernando Valley Quakes United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League soccer team.
In 2007, Granada won the Los Angeles City Academic Decathlon and its Science Bowl team placed second at the Los Angeles regional competition. In 2005, its Science Bowl teams took fourth and fifth place at the regional competition, and its Academic Decathlon team ranked third in the nation. Currently, Granada, is the 379th best high school in the nation, according to Newsweek.
The school has a team that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition every year, Team #599 the RoboDox. In 2001 & 2006, they were finalists at the Southern California Regional Competition. They were also the champions of the Los Angeles VEX Regional Competition held in December 2006 at CSUN. Since its inception, they have been coached by Joseph Vanderway, who was the recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award at the Los Angeles Regional in 2007, the highest award given to coaches and mentors participating in FIRST. They have also been recipients of the Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship award, given to the team most dedicated to helping others as much as themselves, for multiple years.
It became a Title I school in 2003-2004 and operates in terms of student performance through its charter, Local Education Agency Plan (Single Plan for Student Achievement), School Technology Plan, Governing Board policies and memorandums of understanding with LAUSD. In the last 3 years as a charter school, GHCHS has become a laboratory for educational reform while maintaining the highest-ranking Academic Performance Index (API) and attendance of any comprehensive high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Granada Hills Girls Golf team is 6-0 for LA City Championship titles since the program started in 2001.
Partial list of Granada Hills L.A. City Championship teams:
The Granada Hills Charter High School Speech & Debate Team competes in Forensics annually at various locations in California.. The Forensics team participates in the Tri-Valley Forensics League (TVFL) as its district sponsor, and is currently the district champion, winning the TVFL State Qualifiers. They are also members to the California High School Speech Association (CHSSA).
A list of accomplishments for the Lincoln-Douglas Debate team at GHCHS:
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