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Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Recognized as an Apple Distinguished School
(Villanova, PA) – The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, an independent, Catholic all-girls’ school located in Villanova, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018–2021 for continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Notre Dame joins Radnor High School with this recognition on the Main Line.
“With our five-year strategic vision, OUR TIME to INSPIRE, the Academy committed to providing our students with a dynamic, state-of-the-art learning environment that will prepare them to succeed in an ever-evolving, information-based, and highly technological society,” said Dr. Judith Dwyer, Notre Dame’s President. “I am grateful to our Board of Trustees for offering their full support for our technology initiatives, to our faculty who embraced the integration of new technologies throughout our curriculum, and to the team of faculty, staff, and students who participated in the application process. We are pleased to receive this recognition as an Apple Distinguished School.”
Mr. Tyler Gaspich is the Academy’s Director of Academic Technologies and served as the project leader for the year-long Apple Distinguished School application process. “Through preparation and submission of an interactive e-book, we demonstrated the innovative ways technology is used at Notre Dame to provide teachers and faculty with a decentralized, borderless learning experience,” explained Gaspich.
“During the 2016 and 2017 academic years, we introduced a one to one MacBook initiative, which provided every teacher and student with a MacBook Air,” said Gaspich. “Faculty and students have the technological tools needed to foster and encourage innovation across the curriculum - from participating in global classroom activities with our sister schools around the world; to the use collaborative software; to on-demand world language learning through our DiLL software.”
“Notre Dame has a long tradition of teaching excellence,” said Dwyer. “With this recognition as an Apple Distinguished School, we shall continue to infuse our curriculum with new programming for creative and collaborative learning.”
More than 550 students in grades 6 through 12 attend the all girl’s independent, Catholic, college preparatory school. Construction is currently underway on a 30,000 square foot Center for STEM Education which will provide students with a state-of-the-art environment for exploration, collaboration, and innovation.