San Marino Unified School District
Wireless LAN (WLAN)
Empowering Students and Teachers
with Streamlined Access and Opportunity
“Our goal was to choose a new system that would get
information to student and faculty users faster and easier,
with access virtually everywhere on and off campus.”
- Stephen Choi, Director of Technology, San Marino Unified School District Situation: Quest for Higher Performance
Located in central Los Angeles County just south of Pasadena, the City of San Marino lies nestled in a valley below the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. In addition to its picturesque surroundings and gracious lifestyle, San Marino Unified School District has the distinction of being the top-ranked K-12 unified school district in terms of the academic performance index (API) for the past five years. San Marino High School is also a Gold Medal Winner in U.S. News and World Report’s 2008 listing of top-performing U.S. high schools.
San Marino Unified
Schools: two elementary,
one middle, one high school
300 staff members
“We face two major challenges,” says Stephen Choi, director of technology, San Marino Unified School District. “The first is the rapid growth of Internetbased educational resources such as streaming multimedia content. The second is a huge increase in the number of students with Internet-enabled wireless laptop computers, phones and other devices.”
The district quickly recognized that to accomplish their goals, its communications technology needed to be faster, more powerful and more mobile. The technology upgrade project was planned in stages, beginning with the multi-building high school campus. The objectives were clear. The high school needed high-speed Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) connectivity, campuswide mobility, multi-user streaming multimedia capabilities and the need for a forward-looking network in terms of standards...
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