In the fall of 2009, Marymount High School launched its “1 to 1” laptop program. In April, less than one full school year into the launch, Marymount was presented with an Apple Exemplary Program Award, a designation reserved for educational programs that are model implementations of Apple products and solutions.
The designation has been given to only 38 schools and school districts nationwide, and Marymount High School is one of only two independent schools in the entire country to receive the Exemplary Program distinction.
In delivering news of the distinction, Apple’s VP of Education, John Couch, noted, “I was impressed by the school’s use of Apple hardware and software to create a rich teaching and digital learning environment. Marymount’s program serves as an example for other schools both locally and nationally.”
Of the award, Marymount’s Head of School Jacqueline Landry noted “Marymount has been working judiciously on this program for several years, fulfilling the commitment to providing access to cutting edge technology to all of our students. There is a paradigm shift happening in education and we are at the center of it.”
As if to frame the week, Marymount held a dedication ceremony and blessing of four newly installed SKYShades Solarbrellas whose purchase was the brainchild Marymount’s student-run Green Team in an attempt to offset the electricity used to power laptops across campus. Each Solarbrella can power up four laptops for nine hours. Marymount High School is the first school on the west coast to install these state-of-the-art Solarbrellas.
Marymount received commendations from the City of Los Angeles for both the installation of our SolarBrellas and receiving the Apple award. The Commendations note in particular Marymount’s commitment to the environment and renewable energy resources, calling Marymount High School “an example and inspiration to schools across our City.”