While many lessons are best served without the use of an Internet-connected device, we understand how to leverage personal computers to provide impactful instruction. We make sure all our teachers have ready access to a one-to-one ratio between students and devices if their lesson calls for it. We provide iPads (grades 1-2) and laptops (grades 3-6) to students in the Lower School. Middle and Upper School students bring their own devices to class. Faculty are provided a Mac or PC of their choice as well as personal training sessions so they're comfortable applying their content expertise over new mediums.More information about BYOD devices
Students learn programming fundamentals through our LEGO Robotics program that starts in the fourth grade. Every year the classes solve the challenges offered by the FIRST LEGO League. Our students gain a maker's mindset, understand software components, and are prepared for our Upper School's competitive robotics team.
Gilmour Academy offers some of the most advanced Computer Science opportunities found in any high school. All our students produce professional-caliber products. We're building VR games, agile robots, websites for local businesses, web apps, 3D-printed inventions and tons more. Our curriculum is being regularly updated and expanded, too.
Outside of the Computer Science Department, Gilmour offers a variety of high-tech classes in music production and new media journalism. Across all departments, instructors have worked with our technology specialists to include novel and impactful implementations of educational technology in their classes.
Solving technology problems around our school, our faculty have been developing tools to improve instruction. We build all sorts of helpful day-to-day scripts to make data management easier, but these are the apps we're building for public use.
Gilmour Academy students launch new businesses every year. Not only do we help with the software or product at the heart of their businesses, but our faculty also helps students obtain seed capital, register their businesses, apply for patents, file for legal status, and evaluate their insurance needs. While many products will never make it to a point where they're publicly accessible. That's okay! It's a big challenge but it's a wildly educational and exciting one.
Gilmour Academy competes in many levels of FIRST. But our flagship team is the Moonshots. This team competes in the most difficult, most competitive high school robotics challenge. Every year we explore new methods and increasingly sophisticated technologies we can implement on our robot. Students are involved at all levels, including fundraising, marketing, programming, design, and hardware fabrication.
We supplement our 1:1 environment with computer labs to provide plenty of access to powerful software.
Cutting-edge laser cutters, mills, 3D printers and workshop empower students to build whatever they can imagine.
Our media lab features recording booths, news recording studio, and incredible workstations for video and music editing.
The audio video technology in our conference room allows classes to connect with experts around the world.
We're fortunate to have a great Technology office to support our BYOD program, our network, and classroom tech.
Every semester we have a contest where students submit inventions using a Raspberry Pi computer.
We're all very proud of our student newspaper, the Gilmour Lance, a site built and maintained by our students.
All seniors are given time to engage with a signficant experience or project. This gives our students opportunities to explore fields or commit to ambitious builds.