The push to use computer technology across the curriculum came early at RPCS. Students originally came to separate computer classes, but the computer teachers soon became resource teachers for their classroom colleagues, showing them how computers could enhance their classroom work. Starting in Lower School, instruction incorporating technology has developed and grown. Classes reserve the lab facilities and come as often as they can.
With the arrival of the student laptop program in 2000, the greatest quantum leap in educational technology occurred. Teachers no longer need to "take a field trip to the lab," but rather they can take advantage of technology resources right in their classroom anytime. RPCS students with 24 / 7 access to technology have come to recognize it as the rich learning tool that it is.
In the 2000-2001 academic year the student laptop program was successfully launched. In keeping with our school’s philosophy “…while maintaining high academic standards, the school upholds tradition and promotes innovation…”, the Technology Department works closely with the faculty to select technologies that provide the greatest academic benefits and broaden the overall learning experience for students and faculty.
In the 2003-2004 academic year, RPCS announced the next phase of our laptop program with the introduction of the Tablet PC. We chose the Tablet PC because it is the most natural extension of the individual in that one can write, draw and annotate by hand as well as type. The ease and flexibility of the use of technology has increased exponentially with the Tablet PC.