Visit any contemporary classroom and you’ll see blackboards, erasers and trapper keepers replaced with smart boards, laptops and tablets.

The growing focus on technology is occurring throughout Tristate school districts, and is a pivotal learning component at the Cincinnati Country Day School.

“Our mission is to make kids fully aware of the tools they will use in the future,” says Robert Baker, director of technology at Cincinnati Country Day School in Indian Hill. “We absolutely want them to be exposed to current powerful technologies.”

Country Day’s reputation as a tech pioneer dates back to 1996 when they became the first school in the United States to have a 1:1 laptop-to-student ratio.

The school now has an international reputation for harnessing cutting-edge media platforms that foster learning. Country Day even hosts a tablet conference that draws attendees from as far away as Thailand and Australia while also attracting school officials from throughout the Tristate region.

Dr. Robert Macrae, head of the school at Cincinnati Country Day, says the software gives teachers a new vantage to monitor student performance. With tablets, instructors can see how each student solves an algebra equation or answers a reading question during classroom exercises.

“It’s really helpful for teachers to keep an eye on students’ progress,” says Macrae. “It’s pretty difficult for kids to hide here.”

Macrae and Baker say instructors at the school still play a critical role in education, but the innovations and technology improve the whole process. They say it pays dividends when students leave for college and realize they’re further along than their counterparts.

“Every year, we have groups of seniors that come back and we survey them and they say they were more than well prepared when they went to college,” says Aaron Kellenberger, director of admissions at Country Day. “The technology they were using here is what their counterparts are just beginning to learn.”

The school is now experimenting with 3-D printing, which allows students to mold shapes and models through a computer-aided design program. Country Day already has one device and is looking at getting several more.

“With a 3-D printer, you can make something on one continent and print it off on another one,” says Baker. “It’s already having huge effects on work flow throughout the world.”

It’s not all computer programs and digital media at Country Day. The school has recognized programs in literary and performing and visual arts for 860 children that range from 18 months to 18 years old. The programs provide a well-rounded education unlike anywhere else in the Tristate, says Macrae.

The class of 2013 saw students attend Stanford, Harvard, Duke and several other prestigious universities throughout the United States.

“Our college profile could match any in the Midwest,” says Macrae. “Our students really have a relationship with their school and their education.”