Bellarmine-Jefferson Principal Michael Stumpf has one year under his belt leading the high school, and he’s looking forward to overseeing new programs and classes for the coming year.
The high school launches its Google-based Chromebook technology program in the fall. After months of research and discussion by teachers and administration, Bell-Jeff is ready to commit to the new program.
Students will be provided with the necessary technology and resources to read textbooks, work on and submit assignments and interact with teachers and fellow students, say school officials. They emphasize technology skills and knowledge are vital for success in college and work in the 21st century.
“I am excited for what is to come for Bell-Jeff,” said Stumpf. “We truly are here to stay and we are growing in so many ways. Bell-Jeff is a special place where each student is important; our students will receive a quality Catholic Education, and be prepared to succeed in life.”
New courses will debut in the coming 2014-15 school year, including Mobile App Development, Robotics, Gardening and Sustainability and Technology Literacy. The school sees these new courses as ways to promote the STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – focus that educators throughout the world have been underlining as necessary knowledge for the coming years.
“I am very blessed to have so much support at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School,” Stumpf added. “I am thankful for the entire Bell-Jeff community. In addition, I have had tremendous support from the Los Angeles Archdiocese as well as the local community in the city of Burbank.”
The school has been able to extend its 2014-2015 application period through the month of July and offer scholarships for families seeking financial assistance, with the addition of new funding for tuition assistance.
“Here at Bell-Jeff we have adopted the idea of F.A.M.I.L.Y. ®, which means ‘forget about me I love you,’“ Mr. Stumpf also commented. “This sums up what it means to live the gospel message. We are proud of the fact that the students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni are all a part of the Bell-Jeff family.”
Bellarmine-Jefferson High School is a private, co-ed, four-year, accredited, Catholic school for grades 9 – 12. Bell-Jeff draws students from throughout the San Fernando Valley area and is located on Olive Avenue in Burbank.