Press release from Asheville School:
Asheville School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018–2021 for its use of technology to prepare students for college and for life and its commitment to teaching students Apple’s Swift programming language during its co-ed summer app development camp.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. These schools showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“We are thrilled that Apple has recognized Asheville School for successfully integrating technology into the curriculum through our 1:1 MacBook Air program,” said Head of School Arch Montgomery. “Our summer app development camp has been praised and celebrated for teaching young people about computer science and developing apps. By focusing on Apple’s Swift programming language, our teachers understand the importance of emphasizing these computer science concepts to high school students. Our students are learning essential skills like critical-thinking and problem solving in addition to learning the marketable skills of coding and app development that are highly sought after in today’s world.”
The selection of Asheville School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment, says Asheville School Director of Communications Bob Williams, who co-founded Asheville School’s App Development Summer Camp with Director of Technology Charles Long.
“When we founded our app camp in 2015, we knew this camp had potential to put the young people who attend on a direct path toward meaningful careers,” Williams said. “When you start to see students develop their own apps and go on to major in computer science in college as a result of their experience, you realize how much this technology enhances learning and helps shape each student’s future.”
Asheville School is a nationally acclaimed co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The 295 students enrolled at Asheville School represent 19 states and 16 countries. Recent graduates have been accepted to Amherst, Columbia, Davidson, Duke, Elon, Emory, Furman, Georgetown, Harvard, NC State, Rhodes, Sewanee, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, William & Mary, WashU, Wofford, and Yale, among others.