Atlantic Christian School high school students hold their Chromebooks, for use in the classroom and at home. Pictured, from left, are ninth graders Joshua Guevara and  Elizabeth Alford, of Egg Harbor Township; Shermia Liggins of Mays Landing; Cole Lewis of Egg Harbor Township; and Quinn Schrag of Mays Landing.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Atlantic Christian high school students each received a new Chromebook this week as part of a new one-to-one Chromebook initiative to help them master the use of technology and be trained for success in college and the workplace. Portable classroom sets of Chromebooks will also be available for use by elementary and middle school classes by the end of October.

"We are very excited about giving our students the tools and training in technology that they need to be prepared for college and their future careers," said Chief School Administrator Karen Oblen. She said donations of over $40,000 enabled ACS to purchase 130 Chromebooks to launch this new initiative.

Prior to the start of this school year, ACS teachers received training in how to integrate the use of the Chromebooks into the classroom and additional teacher and student training will continue this fall.

ACS has taken a series of steps over the past several years to increase technology training, including equipping two computer labs and adding technology-related classes. This year, web design and digital photography were added as new high school electives.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Oblen said, ACS will offer several specialized educational tracks for students when they enter high school, including tracks in computer science, education, business and pre-med. Dual enrollment to obtain college credits will also be in place.

The enhanced technology offerings are building on a well-established program that begins with 3-year-olds in preschool and continues in elementary through high school. Oblen said one of the successful programs being used is called Education City, software tailored for children from PreK3 to the eighth grade. Middle-school students attend computer classes in a lab twice a week, where they learn internet research skills, graphic design, how to make presentations and other technology-related skills.

Atlantic Christian School is an independent, non-denominational private school founded in 1971, that educates children from 6 months to the 12th grade. The school is dually accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.

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