Envision High Schools Spread WiFi Across Campuses


Charter school management organization Envision Schools is expanding its use of WiFi and deploying campus-wide wireless networking across all four of its high school campuses in Northern California.

The wireless expansion is designed to support the schools' laptop programs. ES schools average two students per laptop. The project is part of a broader overhaul of the schools' network infrastructure. ES is deploying Xirrus Arrays at the schools to provide complete wireless coverage for the campuses.

The four schools that are deploying the Xirrus Arrays include:

  • City Arts & Technology High School;
  • Envision Academy of Arts & Technology;
  • Impact Academy of Arts & Technology; and
  • Metropolitan School of Arts & Technology.

"Xirrus' WiFi network is part of our three-year technology plan designed to deliver on our mission to get all students, especially First Generation College Bound students, to and through college. We use technology to enable our students to achieve advanced levels within California State Standards," said John Krull, vice president of technology at Envision Schools, in a prepared statement. "All Envision schools utilize online connectivity in obtaining academic and non-academic skills and knowledge necessary to be an educated person in the 21st century -- our newly deployed Xirrus WiFi network is critical to meeting the needs of students."

Envision, which began operations in 2002, operates a total of eight college prep schools serving some 2,400 students annually.

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