The jewel in Deer Park School District’s instructional technology crown is its one-to-one computing initiative, which began in 2010 when the district first equipped its fifth graders with Apple MacBooks®. Since then, every fifth grade student at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School receives a new MacBook, which will “follow” them to Robert Frost Middle School and eventually to Deer Park High School.
The district has 1,050 MacBooks and adds approximatley 350 each year. The entire district’s fifth, sixth and seventh graders now have MacBooks and in five years, all students in fifth through twelfth grades will have their own laptop. “Technology is speeding forward, and we need to prepare students with twenty-first century skills,” explained Susan Bonner, principal at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School. “We don’t want there to be a gap between what they use at home and what they use in the classroom.”
Learn more about how Deer Park implemented its MacBook program in this customer case study.