Oswalt Academy Named Apple Distinguished School

The Walnut campus has been recognized for its use of Apple technology in the classroom for four consecutive years.

Oswalt Academy once again is being lauded for its use of technology in the classroom.

The Shadow Oak campus has been named an "Apple Distinuguished School" for the fourth consecutive year.

The kindergarten-through-eighth-grade International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School, is part of a select class that Apple is recognizing. The Apple Distinguished School designation goes to campuses that integrate the company's technology into its classroom lessons to create 21st Century teaching and learning environments.

“I am so proud that we have been honored with this Apple award four times in a row,” Principal Kevin Despard said in a news release. “It is evident that the hard work of our students, teachers and parents in the area of improving learning through technology has paid off.”

The school has more than 500 one-to-one laptops for students in grades fifth to eighth. The computers are parent-funded and used daily. More than 200 iPod Touches are in use in classrooms for kindergarten through fourth-grade. School officials said that the technology has helped improve academic achievment, with Oswalt's API score reaching 922 this year.

Oswalt,which serves Walnut and is part of the Rowland Unified School District, launched the Laptop for Learning program in 2008.  The effort has resulted in the closing of the achievement gap in math and literacy, officials said.

“Our writing scores have soared to 100 percent proficient or advanced in 7th grade and our 8th grade science scores continue to rise, with 97 percent of our 8th graders scoring proficient or advanced,” Despard said. “The key is our outstanding teachers who provide seamless technology integration into their classrooms.”         

For more information about Oswalt Academy, visit www.oswaltacademy.org  or contact Principal Kevin Despard at 626-810-4109.


Melanie C. Johnson January 14, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Hi Allen. Yes, the school does help for those families who can't afford to pay. So everyone benefits from the technology.
Vito Spago January 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM
So if these kids had to multiply 12456 x 20000 they would have to have a computer? Sad if the answer is yes.
Allen Park January 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Believe it or not Vito, these days people use computers for more than just porn and trolling. You should too. Might actually learn something.
Vito Spago January 15, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I am a retired EE from UC Berkeley. I made you Chinese and Korean students look like morons and we at first used slide rules. Then we used TI Calculators. Then TRS-80s. Digital VAX minicomputers, etc. Did great through most of college with no calculators at all. Somehow I think the kids of today would be lost. We are supposed to be impressed when they all have laptops in high school. Too bad non of them know how a lap top works. I didn't see a laptop until I was 50 years old, but when I did see one, I knew how it worked and could design one myself.
Allen Park January 16, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Your name is Vito Spago and you do nothing but sit in a dark room by yourself and spew bigoted hate all day long to strangers online because your real family has long since lost interest in you. You can call yourself the retired President of the United States and that still wouldn't make you sound any smarter.


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