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New iPads, new learning experience at Lexington One's newest school

Deerfield Elementary is opening next week. It's the 30th school in Lexington One. Deerfield Elementary is opening next week. It's the 30th school in Lexington One.
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Crews are working to get the final coats of paint in place at the new Deerfield Elementary School on Longs Pond Road as teachers are moving into their new classrooms.

Lexington One's Deerfield is the 30th school in the district and will open its doors for its first school year next week.

Deerfield will have 437 students heading into the 2014-2015 school year. Many are students are coming from other schools in the district.

Members of Deerfield's faculty are also coming from within the district as well as out of state.

"I have staff coming from within the district and I have staff -- someone coming from New Hampshire, I have hired someone from New York," said Principal Jan Malone. "They really had to go through a pretty intense interview process with me to make sure that they have the same vision that we have for our school here and that they were willing to try this new model."

Malone has opened a school before as assistant principal and Deerfield will be the first school she has opened as head principal. 

Deerfield is a pilot school specializing in proficiency-based learning, which means students will be grouped together based on their individual learning needs.

The technology in Deerfield is something students will use daily.

"Each student will have an iPad that will have specific content on their iPad based on their needs that the will carry with them throughout the day, and apples monitors in each classroom," said Malone. "Teachers will guide students through how to use the apps as they are teaching."

The school also has collaborative work space where multiple classes can meet for projects and team teaching can take place.

For those attending Deerfield this upcoming school year, there will be an open house Aug. 17 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

There will be an opportunity to tour the school and meet the teachers.

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