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High school launches new technology
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Posted: 2012 Sep 14 - 01:13

John Carroll High School would like to thank the Diocese of Palm Beach and the John Carroll High School Education Foundation for their generosity, which will allow the school to become wireless.

JCHS is proud to be one of the first schools in the diocese to take advantage of a gift-matching program that was established for schools to upgrade wireless capabilities and is rapidly moving forward with this endeavor.

In August, Bishop Gerald Barbarito announced his diocese would be giving up to $500,000 to diocesan schools with the goal of making them competitive with the increasing technology needs of today's students.

Schools are encouraged to seek up to $30,000 in donations for technology from donors, which will then be matched by the diocese, during the school year.

John Carroll is extremely thankful for the support and generosity its education foundation, which presented the bishop with its letter of commitment on Thursday, Sept. 6.

John Carroll High School will use the funds to complete its work on becoming a wireless campus, allowing teachers and students to use iPads in the classroom as a teaching tool. A grass roots campaign to purchase iPads for teachers has developed into a morale-boosting endeavor, with a total of $8,700 donated by parents and community members in just two weeks to purchase 20 iPads.

In addition, the school is also moving rapidly toward the capability for students to use their own electronic devices in the classroom. Thanks to generous underwriting, the school will also offer a virtual enrichment component to the classes, using a specialized program as a platform to deliver content to students around the world.

One element of this initiative is partnering with VSCHOOLZ eLearning solutions. Working with VSCHOOLZ will also allow JCHS to offer more classes and opportunities for students, making learning fun and cutting edge.

Incorporating multiple publishers and partnerships with technology leaders means the school will be able to deliver a wide variety of digital courseware and resources to meet learner's needs.

In addition, John Carroll continues to pride itself on giving students the foundation of a Catholic-Christian character combined with a quality education by providing the tools necessary to become morally strong and successful in their collegiate years and beyond.

The school is more than a school. It is a family offering an atmosphere in which students receive individualized attention on a daily basis, inside and outside of the classroom.

Academically, John Carroll students' standardized test scores are higher than the average local, state and national results. Nearly every student attends college after graduation, with 60 percent of the 2012 graduates earning Bright Futures scholarships, which help pay for college tuition.

At JCHS, nearly every student participates in at least one of our 22 interscholastic sports or 23 extracurricular activities.

Numerous dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, honors and academic level classes are offered, and financial aid is also available for qualified families, including the Step Up For Students program.

John Carroll has students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, from Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

For more information, please visit www.JohnCarrollHigh.com, visit the school on Facebook or call (772) 464-5200.

If you would like to visit the campus, please join us for open house on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4-6 p.m. on campus. Tours will be offered to prospective students and their families, with free admission to a home football game and free tailgate party. Free tuition for next school year will be given to a lucky winner at halftime.

Jennifer Trefelner is accredited in public relations.

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