Albemarle County Public Schools - Digital Promise

Albemarle County Public Schools


Number of Students


Free and Reduced Lunch


Students with Access to High Speed Broadband


K-12 Students with Access to a Personal School-provided Device (1:1)

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Providing universal broadband access: In the 2015-2016 school year, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) began its rollout plan to deliver public wireless network access to all homes county-wide (726 square miles) by 2020.

Implementing district-wide maker curriculum: Every school at ACPS is equipped with maker labs and advanced manufacturing capabilities. Maker learning is part of ACPS’ efforts to engage students in real-world learning based on their interests, and the district has partnered with Indiana University’s Creativity Labs and Maker Ed to develop digital portfolios of maker artifacts for students.

Creating flexible learning spaces: Many classrooms in ACPS give students their choice of learning environment, with multiple seating and table options. The district has seen positive results in evolved learning spaces, noting improved grades and work products by students.

Developing professional learning opportunities for students: ACPS has a paid technology internship program for students, where they spend the summer assisting the district in wiping computers, updating software, and doing technology quality control. The students then lead technology help desks throughout the school year.

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