San Antonio High School Named Apple Distinguished School
San Antonio High School named Apple Distinguished School, October 2018
San Antonio High School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021 for its approach to interdisciplinary, project-based instruction, where the use of iPads elevate the quality of student products.
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 have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“This recognition validates the ingenuity that happens in our classrooms on a daily basis, and we are thrilled that our community can now see what we see and what Apple sees: an innovative school providing amazing learning experiences to the most deserving of students,” said Sean Delgado, San Antonio principal. The selection of San Antonio High school as an Apple Distinguished School highlights the school’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.
The projects at San Antonio cross multiple disciplines, and often involve high levels of collaboration, presentation, and critical thinking. In the “Science of Games” unit, for example, students create instructional books that share how to win at carnival games by increasing accuracy. This particular unit involves studying literature within Ender’s Game, applying scientific concepts like Newton’s laws of motion, and identifying mathematical principles of reflections, translations, and rotations of objects across a plane to create a multitouch book that illustrates their learning. Students enhance their work using iPad apps like Vernier Video Physics and Book Creator to publish their findings. There are many other apps that allow students to write songs, make video, collaborate on editing papers, and engage in online discussions. The use of technology allows teachers to completely reimagine the possibilities of traditional assignments.
San Antonio High School is a continuation high school located in Claremont, CA. It serves approximately 80 to 100 students who are considered at-risk of not graduating high school. In addition to offering an innovative learning experience, San Antonio offers college-approved A-G coursework, extra-curricular activities such as Associated Student Body and Athletics, vocational courses through the Baldy View Regional Occupational Program, and a dual enrollment program with Citrus College. San Antonio is also a 3-time California Model Continuation School.
“San Antonio is the envy of alternative schools. We receive visits from cities all over Southern California, like Downey, Upland, La Verne, Victorville, Yucaipa, Whittier, and Chino Hills. We also receive recognition as being named as one of just a few continuation schools to be honored as a three-time California Model Continuation High School, as well as one of the few to be named an Apple Distinguished School. The difference that visitors see is the technology in the hands of students many consider “at-risk.” Visitors see students composing, collaborating, filming, designing, writing, recording, reading, and editing. They are doing it in ways that could not be done with ordinary pencil and paper. The only way this caliber of instruction could be offered is through the efforts of CEF. CEF has single-handedly allowed us to have cutting edge tools that re-engage our students to learn and establish a new path toward success.”
~ Dr. Sean Delgado, Principal