The laptops are equipped with a wealth of useful applications. These include Microsoft Office 2016, SMARTBoard software, iWork and iLife suites, Adobe Creative Suite, Firefox, Google Chrome, Audacity and LAME mp3 encoder, VLC, JMP and Logger Pro. Note: There may be additional software that we encourage students to install and use to enhance their learning experience.
The College Preparatory School buys the computers, taking advantage of bulk hardware purchases as well as bulk software licensing opportunities. Families pay an annual "Technology Fee" for the use of the computer during the student's four year period at College Prep. When the student graduates, the computer belongs to the student.
All student laptops are already covered by AppleCare, but this warranty only covers manufacturer defects and normal wear and tear of the laptop. All other major repair or replacement costs not covered by AppleCare are the family's responsibility.
In case of accidental damage such as liquid spills, drops, theft, vandalism, fire, etc., as well as damage to or loss of batteries, power adapters and laptop cases, we require families to select one of 3 insurance options: Safeware insurance through the school, adding the device to a homeowner's/renters insurance policy, or self-insuring.
Purchase Laptop Insurance: Safeware Insurance Agency is the nation's largest provider of specialized insurance programs, designed to meet the demands of computer, electronics, and high-tech equipment owners. Yearly premiums run approximately $135.00 per year with a $0 deductible. It does not cover damage from neglect or abuse. More information on the Safeware laptop insurance can be found at http://www.safeware.com/Home.aspx.
Add to Homeowner’s / Renter’s Insurance: Another option would be to purchase a rider to include the student laptop in the families’ Homeowner’s policy. Most Homeowner’s insurance policies have a “Content Replacement” coverage that covers damage or loss for items within the household. This rider could be purchased to cover the student laptop. There may be exclusions for coverage depending on the policy.
Self-Insurance: A family could decide to waive the options for additional insurance, realizing that they will have to incur the full replacement cost if the laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged in a way that AppleCare will not cover. This choice is not recommended.
Every student with a laptop has been issued a USB external hard drive to use for backing up their data. The user generated data on the laptop is the sole responsibility of the student to manage. Backups are completed using the Apple "Time Machine" backup utility. Note: You will be responsible for replacing lost or damaged backup drives.
Documents like hand-outs or readers scanned as OCR (Object Character Recognition) can be edited using the "Preview" application native on Apple OS X. All the student laptops have the "Preview" application installed that can be used to view and annotate PDFs.
The cost of the laptop program is spread over four years and families pay an annual laptop technology fee (estimated now at $580/year).
The annual laptop program technology fee covers the cost of purchasing the laptop, a generous suite of software, protective laptop cases, extended warranties and support, and external backup hard drives for all incoming freshmen. The fee also covers the networking infrastructure, administration (summer re-imaging with latest updates) and loaner-pool costs.
Families may opt out of the school‐purchase plan if they have other ways of acquiring an Apple computer of equal or superior specifications. Families who choose this option will be assessed an annual technology fee (estimated now at $100/year) to cover a share of the program infrastructure, start‐up, administration, and loaner‐pool costs. For questions about paying the annual laptop program technology fee, please contact the business office.
Our faculty have planned very thoughtful and inventive ways of incorporating the use of the student laptops to support our curricula. The laptops are needed to access teacher websites and digital readers, view schedule changes on our student portal as well as a myriad of other digitally inclined activities. Momentum for their use in other activities and classes will build as the school year progresses.
We understand that the laptops do add ~3 lbs of weight to student backpacks, but if you consider that some textbooks that are now being replaced by digital versions on the laptop weigh anywhere from 3 to 7+ lbs, this weight exchange is actually to the benefit of our students backpack load. We also encourage students to use their lockers and to be mindful of only bringing what is necessary for the school day.
Yes, parents should feel free to implement any kind of filters or parental control software they see fit to help control and monitor the use of the laptops. Parents should be careful not to limit or block any applications or web sites needed for school work.