ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Elmsford is not the same school that your parents attended. Faith-based learning is still at the school’s core, but the school has also integrated technology into nearly every sector of education.
“Our outstanding faculty of Sisters and laity endeavor to provide quality education that merges principles and values with the latest technology,’’ said Sister Mary Stephen, RDC, who became Principal of the school in 1996. “We are among the few Catholic schools in the area that have Smartboards in every classroom, and the students in the upper grades are now working with individual iPads.”
Smartboards and iPads are just the tip of the technology iceberg at the school for students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth.
The school provides WiFi throughout the building at 59 East Main St. in Elmsford. Every classroom is equipped with computers connected to the school’s network, which allows students to complete assignments wherever they are in the building.
Security cameras perched throughout the school, inside and out, allow teachers to monitor student activity from wherever they are. All doors are locked and monitored by a computer program.
Teachers also have remote access to the network, but children are protected by a secure web filter observed by the school’s technology team.
The vision of Rev. James Hackett in response to the movement of immigrants from Europe to New York and Westchester, the school is located within the church, just as it was when it was established in 1929.
Father Hackett petitioned the superior of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in White Plains to provide Catholic nuns to educate the children of immigrants from Ireland, Italy and Germany. Children of factory workers, craftsmen and farmers were among the first students of the school. Combined grades in small classrooms marked the beginning of the school's history.
Father Hackett designed one building with the Church located between the gymnasium on the ground floor and the classrooms on the top floor.
For more information about Our Lady of Mount Carmel, visit its website or contact the office at 914-592-7575.