Students and staff celebrated as Santa Lucia Middle School received the Apple Distinguished School Award at a special assembly on Thursday, March 13, in the school gymnasium.
Henry Danielson, Coast Unified School District director of technology said there are 1,100 school districts in California and CUSD is one of only 25 recognized by Apple. In the US, out of 150,000 schools, 250 have been so honored, and more than half of those were college level.
According to the Apple website, Apple Distinguished Schools provide round the clock access to Apple notebook computers or mobile devises to all students, teachers and administrators, a “demonstrate an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.”
“We rocked it,” Danielson said. “I’m very proud. We’re a small district, but with the board support, we’ve been able to do this." The recognition for Santa Lucia covers the period 2013 to 2015.
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“We have pioneered the 1:1 program (ratio of iPads to students) in the school district and are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative on the Central Coast, including the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey. We are thrilled to be recipients of this recognition,” Danielson said.
“With the iPads and technology the teachers here are fearless,” said Kyle Martin, middle school principal. “They take the reins off and let the students create. These kids research everything instantly, whether it’s what’s happening in major league baseball or studying the Mayans.”