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Our Middle School BYOD program launched at the beginning of the Fall 2014 school year. Each student in grades six through eight is required to bring their device to school every day. This increase in access to technology is the next natural step to technology integration in our Middle School. Please review the topics below for more details about the program.

Device Examples

Windows 10
Examples:  Laptop PC, Windows Surface Tablets
Cost: $349+

OS X 10.11 or Later
Examples: Macbook, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro
Cost: $999+

Device Requirements
  • Windows or Mac OSX
  • 10” Screen or Larger
  • 8GB of Ram or Greater (12GB or greater Recommended)
  • 256 GB Hard-drive (512GB or greater recommended)
  • Dual Core Processor or Greater
  • Chrome Browser Recommended
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Device
  • Battery Life Greater than 5 Hours
  • Physical Keyboard
  • Protective Case or Cover
  • Second Charger
  • Headphones
  • Microphone and Camera
  • 3G/4G service must be turned off on campus
  • Anti-Virus Software or App
** iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks are allowed, but not as the student’s primary device.

Why One to One?

A one-to-one, in which each student has access to a personal device, increases access and makes technology integration and the corresponding teaching and learning processes more fluid and organic. 


The BYOD model strongly aligns with the mission of the technology program at St. Mary’s. We believe in exposing our students to a diverse range of devices and operating systems to promote choice and foster creativity. Each device has its own set of strengths. It is critical for students to understand each device’s value and collaboratively choose a device for a given task. 

Also, a BYOD model is more sustainable and makes financial sense for our families and our school. Rather than require families to purchase a specific device or charge a “technology fee” for a new device, BYOD allows our students to bring a device that they already own. 

Finally, we believe that BYOD is the present and foreseeable future. With the increase in the range of devices, more resources are being made available through the web. Content creators and publishers understand this reality and create material that can be accessed on any web-enabled device, regardless of manufacturer or operating system. This gives our students the freedom to choose their platform and create a “Unified Learning Experience” between home and school.

Student Expectations

The following set of expectations are in place for our students to maximize the educational value of their devices:
  • Bring Device to School Fully Charged Each Day
  • Store Additional Charger in Locker or Backpack
  • Maintain Software Requirements Set by School Throughout School Year
  • Provide Responsible Maintenance and Security of Device In and Out of School
  • Maximize Educational Benefit of Device
  • Follow School Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) - The AUP will be explained in detail to students during the first week of school.
Accommodations for Students

The following resources exist for our students to support their success with the BYOD program.
  • Secure Charging Lockers (view example)
  • Sufficient Power in Classrooms
  • Spare Loaner Devices and Chargers Available for Checkout
  • Network Access Control (NAC) for Security
  • Internet Content Filtering on Student Devices
  • Helpdesk Support for Minor Issues
  • Availability of Class Sets of School Devices (iPads, Chromebooks and Laptops) to supplement instruction and learning
  • Ample number of mobile devices for K-5 students in preparation for Middle School