Apple names Dunham School a ‘Distinguished School’ again

For a second consecutive year, Apple has recognized the Dunham School in Baton Rouge as a “Distinguished School,” one of 43 schools nationwide to get this honor this year.

The private Christian school, which has students in grades prekindergarten to 12, learned about the honor last week and announced it Tuesday.

“At Dunham we have worked hard to make the technology intrinsic to the learning process,” Headmaster Bobby Welch said in a statement. “The computer is analogous to paper and pencil in earlier times, and is clearly the preferred and most expedient mode of learning for today’s students.”

In 2009, Dunham began providing Apple MacBooks or iPads to all teachers and students, paid through a technology fee. The school was honored by Apple for the first time in 2011.

“The administration and faculty at The Dunham School have shown that they exhibit the five best practices of an Apple Distinguished School: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment,” wrote Stephanie Carullo, a vice president in Apple’s education division, in the award notification letter.

Nikole Blanchard, Dunham’s director of technology, said Dunham was invited to reapply this year along with other winners from 2011.

In the Baton Rouge region, Iberville Parish Math, Science and Arts Academy-West School in Plaquemine and West Feliciana Middle School in St. Francisville were also honored by Apple in 2011 and again this year, Maureen Brim, a senior account executive with Apple, said in an email.