Academy of Information Technology and Engineering

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Academy of Information Technology and Engineering
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Location
411 High Ridge Road , Stamford, CT 06905
United States
Information
Type College preparatory, inter district, public, Magnet school, high school
Established 1999
School district Stamford Public Schools
Principal Tina Rivera (Interim)
Staff 32
Faculty 57
Grades 9-12
Enrollment Application, chosen by lottery
Number of students 708
Campus type Single Building
Color(s) Gold and Black
Athletics Student athletes play for district school
Mascot Ram
Assistant Principal Claudia Obas-Legare (Interim)
Key People Harry Orlick, Dr. Christine Casey, Jeanne Lauer, Sheldon Levine, Dr. Anthony Mazzullo, Paul Gross
Districts Served Ridgefield, Stamford, Wilton, Bridgeport, Redding, Greenwich, Norwalk, Darien, Weston, New Cannan
Website

The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE) is a college preparatory, inter-district public magnet high school based in Stamford, Connecticut. AITE serves the communities of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Wilton and Weston, all of which are located in Connecticut. AITE is engaged in educational reform. It has a laptop initiative that distributes a HP Tablet PC to every student in the school and utilizes a block schedule with 88-minute periods.[1]

History[edit]

AITE was established in 1999, operating as the Academy of Information Technology (AIT). In 2005, the name of the school was appended and became the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, in order to reflect the school's emphasis on engineering-related courses in addition to the technology-related courses already offered. AITE is currently located on the Rippowam Campus and originally shared a building with Rippowam Middle School before moving into its own building in September 2007.

Facilities[edit]

AITE opened the doors of their futuristic facility in September 2007, welcoming in the Class of 2011 after nearly 3 years of planning and construction. The school was a collaborative effort between architecture firm Fuller and D'Angelo, the engineering firms AltieriSeborWieber and Nachman Engineering, and the school's own architecture and engineering students. Located on the Rippowam campus, the school's 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) facility houses 700 students, including a 350 seat cafeteria, amphitheater, atrium, and fiberglass domed media center. The design is centered around the atrium, a naturally-lit 3 story tall space housing a grand staircase, connecting the school's cafeteria, media center, teacher's lounge, offices, and classrooms. Windowed exterior walls let in sunlight, heating the building in an attempt to reduce heating costs and improve student morale.

Each of the building's 40 classrooms is equipped with an expansive audio/visual system, incorporating an LCD projector, document camera, DVD/VHS player, and laptop docking stations to allow students and teachers to quickly interface to the classroom systems.

eChalk[edit]

In 2002, AITE introduced a new online content management system for use by its students, faculty, staff and administrators in partnership with eChalk. It allows teachers to post assignments, documents, and links for use by their classes, electronic submission of assignments, group collaboration functions, and provides an electronic mail account to all users.

Tablet PC Program[edit]

In 2005, AITE launched their Tablet PC initiative. The program aimed to distribute tablet PCs to all students, faculty, staff and administrators, in order to provide a better and more convenient resource for school work. The tablets are intended to be used both at home and in school, where they can use the school's wireless information technology infrastructure. The school claims to use a paperless system, allowing students, faculty, staff and administrators to communicate and collaborate through electronic means, though there are printers in each classroom, and many teachers require students to print out their work. Most of the textbooks are available as e-books.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ AITE School Profile [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°05′09″N 73°32′56″W / 41.0859°N 73.549°W / 41.0859; -73.549