Device Purchases

Helpful Tips for High School Parents and Students

Grades 9 - 12 students are encouraged to bring a device to school. The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning in the classroom. Ensuring your son or daughter has an adequate device is very important and requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements. Recommended specs and ideas for the types of devices students can bring to school are below.

Laptops are preferred as they support all software that may be required at all levels.


Chromebooks are also an option as students work with web based resources - keeping in mind that Chromebooks may have limitations depending on course selection as some courses will have greater software needs. Chromebooks work in an app environment and software cannot be installed on them. A Chromebook can be used for most tasks but may not be appropriate where extra software may be required.


A vendor list is provided below to assist parents with the purchase of devices. There is no requirement or endorsement to purchase a device from any specific vendor. Vendors are not limited to the list provided. Purchases can be made from any vendor.

Laptop Minimum Specs
Operating System: Windows 10/Mac OS 10.9
Memory: 4GB
Hard Disk: 128 Solid State Drive
Processor: Pentium
Battery: 6-8 hours advertised life
Warranty: Accidental Coverage
Laptop Preferred Specs
Operating System: Windows 10/Mac OS 10.9
Memory: 6/8GB
Hard Disk: 128 Solid State Drive or larger
Processor: i3 or i5
Battery: 8+ hours advertised life
Warranty: Extended and Accidental Coverage
Chromebook Minimum Suggested Specs
Memory: 4GB
Hard Disk: 16GB Solid State Drive
Processor: Celeron
Battery: 6-8 hours advertised life
Warranty: Accidental Coverage