Welcome to the Applied Design
College-Preparatory Program at GSHS

 


Thank you for your interest in the Applied Design College-Preparatory Program at Gulf Shores High School!

The Applied Design College-Preparatory Program is: 

  • A four-year educational program in which all courses are infused with design-thinking and rigorous and engaging hands-on experiences.
  • A cohort-based learning model that promotes community, cohesion, and a culture of excellence. 
  • An authentic and transformative learning environment that encourages students to maximize their potential by engaging in meaningful project-based learning experiences independent study, Advanced Placement courses, and internship  opportunities. 
  • A focused curriculum in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) with enhanced elective offerings designed to provide a strong educational foundation that will prepare students for success in a variety of career paths. 

Student applicants should be prepared for a challenging, rigorous, and extremely rewarding high school experience that includes a capstone project and presentation. Students in the Applied Design College-Preparatory Program will attend a one-week summer academy (orientation) and complete summer assignments and community service. Students will be offered regular field trips, guest lecturers, and special events to explore and connect with the curriculum, community, and potential career fields. Students will also be offered personalized guidance via college and career exploration.  Students will receive instruction from teachers who have been trained in AP and STEAM and will instruct them in the corresponding classes.

2020 Applied Design College-Preparatory Program Application Timeline:

April 3, 2020, 3:00 PM: Online Applications and Teacher Recommendations due
April 13-14, 2020: Application Review
April 15, 2020: Notification of Interview
April 20-29, 2020: Interviews and In-person Writing Sample
May 1, 2020: Letters of Admission Status Mailed to Applicants

The online application and teacher recommendations are due by 3:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Click Here for the application process.

Click Here to download the teacher recommendation form.(download 3 copies)