Beyond individual tablet computing, the campuses are equipped with hundreds of computers, dedicated computer labs, and high-speed backbones to facilitate access to the digital world and clear the path toward discovery. The dedicated computer labs allow for focused instruction on various applications including word processing, graphics, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software, as well as serve as training areas for both students and faculty. They also support certain STEM coursework which may require more powerful computing capacity.
All students in kindergarten through fifth grade visit the computer lab to engage in the computer science curriculum where the students learn to code. Even these young students start to develop real world skills to position them for success when they reach the competitive professional marketplace. Through interest driven learning and a comprehensive computer programming curriculum, our students make new logical connections, unleash creative thinking, and dive into critical thinking exercises.
As students explore electives in the Preparatory School, they have opportunities to study graphic design, web design, computer applications, and computer programming. Moreover, collaborative instruction maximizes the benefits of the computer lab as students become experts with technology while working on individual subject area objectives. Additionally, this approach allows technology to be used not just as a goal in and of itself, but rather as a tool and a resource in developing higher level thinking skills.