The Dunham School has achieved Apple Distinguished School status for its use of technology to prepare students for their futures through a variety of learning experiences.

The award for 2017-19 is the sixth consecutive for Dunham since the launch of the school’s 1:1 Technology Initiative in 2009.

“It is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our teaching staff and our technology leadership that we continue to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities that transform teaching and learning through the use of the next generation software and technology,” Head of School Steven Eagleton said.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, according to a news release. Recognized schools make innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment and demonstrate documented results of academic achievement.

“I am beyond proud of our teaching staff and technology team. Their dedication is the reason for our success in digitizing our curriculum,” said Nikole Blanchard, Dunham’s director of Innovation and Technology. All 93 teachers at the school have been recognized as Apple Teachers.

Blanchard said Dunham’s innovative methods include virtual reality glasses to visit faraway locations, solving Mystery Skypes with students across the world, designing boats in 3-D and testing to see whether they float or sink and the use of iPads, MacBooks, Breakout EDU boxes, coding and more.

“I have the opportunity to work with administrators and teachers who understand the importance of integrating technology,” Blanchard said. “I am confident that, through the work our teachers and technology staff do every day, we are preparing students to be the next generation of leaders, problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Our students enter college with future-ready skills essential to their continued success.”