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Seven Oaks Classical School Uses Grant To Fund Instructional Technology

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In addition to purchasing Chromebooks and document cameras, Seven Oaks plans to use grant money to install a chemistry and biology lab. (Zach Herndon, WTIU/WFIU News)

Seven Oaks Classical School in Ellettsville will continue to limit students’ screen time while spending part of an almost $900,000 state grant on instructional technology.

The kindergarten through sixth grade charter school received the Charter School Program Quality Counts (CSP) grant from the state in September. The school used some of the funds to hire a new assistant headmaster and a special education paraprofessional.  

Headmaster Dr. Stephen Shipp says Seven Oaks strives to break away from the stereotype that classical schools focus solely on the humanities. In addition to purchasing Chromebooks and document cameras, they plan to use grant money to install a chemistry and biology lab.

“I think the grant’s a huge opportunity for our school, and we—we’re going to be doing a lot with these funds to benefit the children who have chosen this school.”

Shipp says the school’s philosophy doesn’t include a one-to-one student to technology ratio. He says they want students’ interactions with their peers and teachers to be conducted away from screens, and the grant funding won't change that.

“So our attitude toward technology is, we want to use it where it’s helpful – what we don’t want to do is to treat it as some kind of magic panacea.”

Seven Oaks opened in 2016. Its current enrollment is 333 students.

 

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