Technology in the Classroom

St. Mary’s High School is committed to finding new ways to bring 21st Century Technology into the hands of students while keeping personal communication a top priority! In August of 2013, St. Mary's embarked on a new and innovative journey by introducing a One to One Device Program implementing Google Samsung 11.6" Chromebooks to the Class of 2017 as a Pilot Program. One to One simply means each student will have their own Chromebook to use in their classes and to take to and from home to complete their school work. The Chromebook is a small laptop that uses the Google Chrome Web Browser to activate Google Applications that are used by the entire school community. Although the Chromebook is meant to be used in an online platform, it does have oof-line capabilities and internal storage.

The capabilities of the Samsung Chromebook include, but are not limited to: 6.5 hours of battery life, webcam, wireless internet, bluetooth compatible, a USB 2.0 & 3.0 Port, HDMI Port, and weighs only 2.4 lbs and is less than a inch thick. They will be used for online textbooks, note taking, online research, e-mailing, crating documents and presentations, editing pictures and using a wide variety of Google Apps for Education in the classroom. St. Mary's is subsidizing the cost of the Chromebooks for this Pilot Program.

In addition to the Chromebooks, St. Mary's students have access to over 400 computers including PC’s, iMAC’s, ThinkPad laptops and Netbooks, a branch of subnotebooks that are small and lightweight laptop computers suited for general computing and accessing Web-based applications, were integrated into classrooms in 2009. We currently have 5 21st Century Learning classrooms equipped with Netbooks, a mounted projector and tables for collaboration. ThinkPads, another brand of portable laptop computers, designed by IBM were also introduced at this time. St. Mary’s also added a Mac Lab. This lab can be used to create digital videos, podcasts and other multimedia projects. Students are given the opportunity to choose between the Mac operating systems and programs and the Windows based applications. In 2012, new computers were donated for the Media Resource Center.

St. Mary's High School’s campus is wireless so students can access the network, work with a variety of software programs, email and print from anywhere. The four computer labs provide a place to gather, connect and work together with technology if the nature of the lesson requires a larger space and more student access at the same time.

St. Mary’s offers several technology courses including Multimedia, Graphic Design, Business Technology, Computer Architectural Design, Robotics, Computer Programming and an online ACT Prep course. The Guidance Department offers an online Naviance College Prep and Career Planning Program. In addition, technology is incorporated into the regular classroom every day. Most classrooms are equipped with internet projectors and faculty integrate their classroom instruction with subject specific webquests, virtual field trips, video conferencing, electronic communication tools and Moodle, an online course management system.

St. Mary's High School faculty members also participate in technology trainings throughout the year to increase their effectiveness in the classroom. For example, faculty members are participating in Google Docs for Education and Moodle Assessment classes. They have also participated in Apple Professional Development Workshops where they learned to create digital videos, podcasts and interactive storybooks. Math teachers participated in a webinar: The Use of Technology in the Math Classroom: Can it Help U.S. Students Catch Up with Their Global Peers? Many teachers have taken advantage of online courses created by the St. Mary’s technology coordinator: Differentiated Instruction; What is Fair Isn’t Always Equal, Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction, Web 2.0, Moodle Basics, Moodle and Beyond and Using interactive notebooks. They collaborate together by taking these online technology courses through Moodle.

A Marianist Education

Catholic High School serving young men in the Marianist tradition.

Characteristics of Marianist Education (CME):

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice and peace
  • Educate for adaptation and change

Quick Facts

  • St. Mary’s requires 29 credits for graduation and offers 49 hours of college credit.
  • Honors courses are available at all grade levels.
  • The student teacher ratio is 12/1.
  • Students have an opportunity to meet one on one with teachers 4 days a week during Academic Lab.
  • St. Mary’s teachers provide free tutoring every day for an hour before and after school in the MRC.
  • The faculty meets in weekly professional learning teams (PLT’s).
  • St. Mary’s college acceptance rate is 100%.
  • St. Mary’s students have access to real world experiences through various partnerships.

“St. Mary's teaches boys to open their minds and become the top of their class...not because St. Mary's is easy but because it is structured for boys to learn."  - Parent of a graduate of the Class of 2013.