The Buckhead private school is Georgia’s first one to receive the honor and its longest running program. The school first got the accolade in 2010. This award from Apple acknowledges the school’s innovative work in and out of the classroom and is the highest recognition the Cupertino, Calif.-based company awards for authentic implementation of 21st-century learning environments.
The school has run a 1:1 Apple laptop program since its inception in 2000. An iPod initiative was launched in 2008 to extend the benefits of iPod technology to classroom curriculum. In 2011, the Student-Centered Classroom Initiative prompted the school to look at the school’s classrooms through the lens of best practices and discovered that “smart-boards” did not support best-practices for girls. Every AGS classroom now features an Apple TV, iPad and a non-mounted, interactive projector, which was found to provide an optimal teaching environment for girls.
Apple Distinguished Schools are K–12 schools that provide 24/7, school-wide, one-to-one access to Apple notebook computers and/or mobile devices to all students, teachers and administrators.