Since 2017, OLCHS has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. This designation recognizes schools that are innovative in using technology to increase student engagement and achievement. There are less than 500 schools worldwide that have this designation from grades PreK- College. In Illinois, there are only five high schools that have earned this recognition.
Principal Dr. Jeana Lietz is a member of the Apple Distinguished Schools Advisory Board. This Advisory Board is made up of nine principals of Apple Distinguished schools from around the United States. The board helps guide the future of the ADS program. The board meets weekly via a phone conference call and meets twice a year in Cupertino, California, where members give feedback to Apple Education executives and update each other about the innovation happening in their schools.
“Being a member of this Board gives me the opportunity to showcase to the world the innovation that is happening here at OLCHS, while learning about innovative schools around the world and bringing those ideas back to Oak Lawn.”
Because of her involvement with the Advisory Board, OLCHS has received recognition from around the country. In March of 2019, OLCHS hosted an Apple Academy where schools from around the country visited and interacted with our students about the amazing projects they do with the guidance of their teachers and the use of Apple technologies. Feedback from visitors about their experience included comments such as, “Exploring Oak Lawn Community High School was a fantastic experience,” and “Oak Lawn provided a fresh take on site visits- how they choreograph the visit, how student ambassadors and classrooms interact with visitors, and definitely new ways to use the amazing technology resources we have available.”
To read more about the exciting, innovative teaching and learning that is happening at Oak Lawn High School, you can download the free book in the Apple bookstore: Link