The Washington School for Girls, whose motto is "In the Spirit of Courageous Women," is the only full-scholarship private school for girls in the Anacostia community of Southeast Washington, DC. The school, established in 1997, has grown to include grades three through eight. Rather than recruiting students based on academic prowess, WSG intentionally recruits girls whose socioeconomic and personal circumstances present barriers to their academic and social development. Despite these barriers, 98% of WSG's graduates go on to complete high school and 80% continue their educations further, the majority of those matriculating to college. By contrast, less than half of the students in the surrounding community graduate from high school.
One of the major challenges facing the girls who attend WSG has been a lack of access to technical resources. Globalstar is pleased to have worked closely with the school since Fall 2015 to help address this challenge. During October 2015, Globalstar's technical consultant, AT4 wireless ("AT4"), deployed TLPS-enabled access points at the school and seamlessly integrated TLPS into WSG's wireless network. AT4 installed TLPS during two lunch hours on consecutive school days, ensuring minimal disruption to the school's daily activities while boosting the school's network from three to four channels in the 2.4 GHz band.
Prior to the TLPS deployment, WSG shared IEEE 802.11 non-overlapping Channels 1, 6, and 11 with numerous other wireless networks in the multi-tenant building where WSG is located. During peak usage periods, congestion on these channels limited data throughput at the school, which is particularly problematic during on-line standardized testing. With the deployment of TLPS, WSG has an additional clear channel for its use regardless of the traffic occurring on the three existing Wi-Fi channels. WSG's 8th grade students now use TLPS Channel 14 on TLPS-enabled Chromebooks daily, while the 6th and 7th grade students continue to use Channels 1, 6, and 11, with full compatibility and increased throughput.
Over the course of the partnership, Globalstar has provided Chromebook devices to help bring the school to a 1:1 student to device ratio.
"Globalstar has been a key partner for the Washington School for Girl's technology program over the past year. We are honored to be a part of your Channel 14 (TLPS) launch, and grateful for the expanded access that it provided for our students. A year ago, we would not have been able to imagine having 1:1 computing in our school because of the burden on our internet infrastructure and the cost of growing our fleet so quickly. Our partnership with Globalstar has broken down the barriers that were preventing us from providing the technology access that we know our students desperately need to support their learning," commented Sister Mary Bourdon, RJM, Head of School at the Washington School for Girls.
Following its installation of the new TLPS-enabled access points, AT4 conducted initial measurements to ensure proper operations and assess the performance of the enhanced network at WSG. These measurements confirm the substantial benefits of adding TLPS capability to the school's wireless network. Downlink throughput increased 45% and uplink throughput increased 34% when the school's access points were tuned to a fourth channel, Channel 14, in addition to Channels 1, 6 and 11.
With TLPS, downlink throughput increased 45%
With TLPS, uplink throughput increased 34%
3 access points donated, 19,997 more to go
Students using Bluetooth headsets with TLPS to stream online tutorials