Burton Elementary is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022 for its extensive use of Apple technology in the classrooms.

Apple Distinguished Schools are innovative, leadership-driven educational experiences that use Apple technology 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.

Burton Elementary received this designation because its use of Apple technology allows teachers to create opportunities for students to take ownership of their learning, to communicate and collaborate with classmates and their immediate and global communities, all while challenging students to create unique products that represent their learning.

“Our teachers and students have worked hard for the last three years to use technological learning in such a unique way,” says Burton Elementary Principal, Allison Woodside de Carrillo. “We have seen so much growth not only in our own learning but also in what our students are able to express. We have come so far and can’t wait to continue!”

Burton Elementary is a cultural center on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, where 95% of students receive free and reduced lunch. Being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School highlights Burton Elementary’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.