THOMASVILLE — Brookwood School once againhas achieved the distinction of Apple Distinguished School for its comprehensive and innovative implementation of Apple technology. Brookwood initially earned the honor in 2017, and has been recertified this year to continue to carry the distinction until at least 2022.
There are 470 Apple Distinguished Schools in the world, across 34 different countries.
Brookwood is one of only five in the state of Georgia.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment, and demonstrate documented results of academic accomplishment.
Brookwood students utilize technology in all facets throughout their lives at the school.
Lower School students learn programming basics through LEGO robotics and a variety of hands-on projects that bring technology into the curriculum. Middle School students build on this base with projects such as the creation of digital media and programming lessons through code.org. Upper School students have access to advanced classes in technology, including Computer Science and Design Thinking, and use online and computer-based tools across the curriculum.
A one-to-one program enhances learning for children in all grades by enabling them to learn on their own personal devices. From their MacBooks or iPads at any time, students may access “MyBrookwood,” an online learning management system. Additionally, students have access to three STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) labs on Brookwood's campus.
Students across all divisions learn and collaborate with one another, their teachers, and, at times, experts from around the country through video conferencing. The school’s newly-updated wireless network allows for fast and efficient student and faculty collaboration from anywhere on campus.
Members of Brookwood’s faculty have attended programs across the country — including a visit to Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. — to remain at the forefront of the latest trends and teaching tools that support the school’s vision for 21st century learning.
“We are very proud to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for a second time,” said Dr. Randy Watts, Brookwood School’s headmaster. “This distinction is support for the important work