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Why does SCS require all HS students to bring a device?

As a college preparatory school, SCS believe that our classrooms should prepare our students for higher education. Therefore, we require that students bring a laptop to class to be guided in becoming productive with a device in an a learning environment. Additionally, the use of a device in the hands of every student allows teachers to use 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, media consumption, research skills, digital organization, and digital citizenship. 

Do I need to buy the latest MacBook Pro?

No. While many families purchase Apple products out of a preference for the brand, we in no way make that a requirement. In fact, as a Google Apps for Education school, Google Chromebooks work very well for our needs and can be purchased for a fraction of the price. 

Do I need to purchase additional software?

No. SCS provide a Google Apps for Education account for every student that includes email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and unlimted cloud storage. All software we require as a school is completely web-based. Classes requiring specific software packages take place in a technology lab with school computers. 

Can I use an iPad?

Yes, but it is not recommended. Over the past 5 years we have piloted iPads, and observed students who have used them. We have found them to be inadequate in day to day productivity needs. 

How will this be used in my child's class?

The BYOD initiative takes place in classes with varied levels of integration. One class may only use the devices for notes and peer collaboration, while others may base their entire curriculum online via Google Classroom. We work with our faculty to decide what level of integration is appropriate for each circumstance. 

What is my child's device breaks or he/she leaves it at home?

We have a limited number of devices on hand that can be loaned out for short durations.