Pensacola Catholic High School became the first school in the entire Panhandle of Florida to be part of grade-wide 1 to 1 laptop initiative. That is, each student is educated with the assistance of his/her own laptop which is used throughout the curriculum as an invaluable learning tool. This was the first step towards a learning environment in which students and teachers have 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access to the tools and resources of the 21st Century classroom.
Catholic High School has been preparing for this exciting initiative for many years. CHS boasts a universal wireless environment and teachers who have been equipped and teaching with laptops for the past six years. In addition, our teachers have been and continue to be involved in an intensive faculty professional development program that enables them to engage students in learning in a truly digital environment. We are very aware that students in the 21st Century learn most comfortably and enthusiastically when they are able to access, analyze, and synthesize information using digital tools. Our laptop initiative is the needed step toward helping our students to achieve and be successful in a fully digital learning environment.
To make this possible, Catholic High School has contracted with Apple, Inc. to set up a lease-to-purchase program. By means of this program, each student now has a laptop around the clock. Apple has offered CHS lease terms that will make it possible for our families to acquire this wonderful learning tool and all the needed software applications, along with 4 years of hardware and software assurances, at a price that is unavailable elsewhere.
It is our fervent hope that this wonderful learning opportunity is within the reach of any child who wishes the quality of a Catholic High School education.