UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy hosted a ribbon-cutting reception Wednesday, April 11 to officially celebrate the school’s inaugural year. CMIT students, staff, parents and special guests attended the event, joined by County Executive Rushern Baker, Superintendent of Schools Dr. William R. Hite and Prince George’s County Board of Education members.
“CMIT provides a unique opportunity for our students to take part in a new, specialized academic program,” said Dr. Hite. “The school has a college-going culture that not only prepares students for the rigors of college-level work, but prepares them for future careers in the information technology field.”
The school opened last August with approximately 300 students in sixth and seventh grades. Each year, a grade will be added until the school reaches its full capacity of 700 sixth through twelfth grade students in 2016.
CMIT is modeled after Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter Schools, founded and operated by the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF), which is currently operating three schools in the state.
“I am so amazed with the level of accomplishments here at CMIT over an eight-month period,” said CLF Governing Board chairman Spear Lancaster.
The school’s academic program features research-based instructional methods, such as hands-on and project-based learning, computer-assisted instruction and digital storytelling.
Technology is integrated throughout the program and includes the use of “clicker” student response equipment to promote active learning. Instruction takes place in smaller classes where teachers use results-driven instruction to effectively guide students and adjust instruction to meet individual needs.
The 35,000-square-feet Konterra building was designed by Banta Campbell Architects and constructed by KasCon Builders. The $1.5 million renovation project was completed at no cost to Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation. There are 14 classrooms, two computer labs, two science labs, one media center and mobile computer labs/iPad stations. The school is currently operating with 18 faculty and five support staff members.
“We are so happy to have the school here and contribute to our growing community,” said Rich McCoy, executive vice president of Konterra Realty.
For more information, visit the CMIT Academy website at www.cmitacademy.org.
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