North Coast primary and secondary schools reopen their campuses for classes on Monday, Aug. 27, and students will find a few changes.
If they’re in grades six through eight, they’ll be receiving iPads, with cases, on which to do much of their studies. High school students (grades nine through 12) each will be issued an iPad after Christmas.
As Chris Adams, superintendent of the Coast Unified School District wrote in his Aug. 20 letter to parents, the district’s pilot
program last school year, in which two sixth-grade classes shared 30 iPads, was so successful it has been expanded.
“Students who initially were not ‘tech savvy’ found the iPad’s intuitiveness extremely helpful,” he wrote, noting that the youngsters used the tablets “to take notes, develop 3D models, analyze data and make movies.”
The district purchased 390 iPads at a discount from Apple, and is preparing them for use. The students will be responsible for the tablets, as they are for textbooks. Parents may purchase insurance coverage for the iPads.
While enrollment numbers won’t be firmed up for a couple of weeks, officials estimate that at the starting bell Monday approximately:
The Cambrian was unable to get by press deadline the enrollment figures for the 2012-13 school year at Leffingwell High School and Cambria Community Day School, which began the 2011- 2012 school year with 16 and 10 students, respectively.
New teachers for this school year include: