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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School has demonstrated a long history of staying on the cutting edge of technology and its importance to education and student life. It is infused into our culture, visible in every classroom and utilized by every student on both campuses. It is important to us to continue to be on the forefront of technology usage so that our students become 21st century learners.

In September 2012, St. Thomas Aquinas began its 1:1 technology initiative at the Upper School. Currently, students in 6th grade are issued iPads that stay with them through graduation and beyond. The iPads serve as an educational tool in the classroom and are used for a variety of activities including homework, time-management, taking notes, research and interacting with STA's learning management software Moodle and Renweb.

Technology as a teaching tool begins before the distribution of 6th grade iPads. As early as kindergarten, our computer specialists at both the Lower School and the Upper School provide basic computer skills, applications, and concepts for students through 5th grade. Every classroom is equipped with interactive smart boards providing our teachers and students the opportunity to fully engaged through a hands-on learning approach to our curriculum and multiple personal computers.


Technology Plan for 2018-2019 School Year


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School integrated the 1:1 iPad program for 6th-8th grade (Middle School) students into the curriculum in 2012. Since then, our teachers have used the devices to create a more hands-on and engaging learning environment, preparing your children for high school and beyond. This year, our Director of Technology, John Kappes, and Instructional Technology Specialist, Andrew Price, created a new 2-year plan for both the Lower School and Upper School that includes improvements to our current 1:1 program.

Next school year, 6th-grade students will receive school-issued laptops (Dell Latitude 3189) instead of iPads. These laptops will stay with them each school year until graduation. The Latitude 3189 is a durable, convertible laptop specially designed with students in mind, featuring a touchscreen and a full-sized keyboard, and will be equipped with Windows 10 and Office 365. Rising 7th grade and 8th grade students will keep their current iPads next school year. By the 2019-2020 school year, all Middle School students will be using the Dell Latitude 3189 for their studies.

Concurrently during the 2018-2019 school year, we will expand our iPad program to the Lower School providing new iPads for use in PK-2nd grade. In 2019-2020, the program will again expand to include sets of iPads for the 3rd-5th grade at the Upper School.

STA is excited to expand and enrich our student technology resources and the teaching and learning possibilities that this new technology initiative will provide across all grades.

How We Use Technology at STA