For the 2017-2018 academic year, all students in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are required to have iPads for daily school use. All student iPads must be either an iPad with Retina display, iPad Air or iPad Air 2, or the new iPad (5th Generation, 9.7 inch display) Wi-Fi model. While the more expensive iPad Pro is not required, it can be used instead. iPad minis are not allowed due to their smaller screen size.
If you already have an iPad, but are unsure of what model it is, please click here for information on Apple's website for identifying iPad models.
If you do need to purchase an iPad, these links below go to the online Apple Store:
You will also want to consider purchasing an appropriate warranty. Apple offers AppleCare+ for iPads at $99 (2 year warranty). There are several third party companies that offer iPad warranties, such as Worth Ave. Group and Square Trade.
You will also want to purchase a durable cover to protect the iPad screen from breakage such as the Otterbox Defender II Series iPad case. Students using this Otterbox case have experienced far fewer cracked screens than students using other types of iPad covers.
“So, why iPads?” you may ask! We happen to find ourselves in an age of rapid transition, where we communicate in ways undreamed of 25 years ago, where we need to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet, where exciting new possibilities for learning are emerging with the easy availability of resources provided through technology. The iPad is a tool for 21st-century learning, for greater student-engagement. It will not replace teaching, but it will certainly re-direct it and change some of the ways we “do business” in the classroom. Use of digital texts will vary by Department – at times a function of what the publishing industry can offer. We look forward to continuing a tradition of academic excellence with 21st-century tools. Please know that our Director of Information Technology, Mr. Raymond Barry, is available to answer technical questions you may have at 781-475-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full description of iPad policy and management can be found in our 2017-2018 Student-Parent Handbook.