FAQs about our Digital Initiative

FAQs about our Digital Initiative


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What is the plan for 2018-19 school year?

We are continuing with our 1:1 Digital Device Initiative.  This year we decided to expand beyond the iPad.  All students attending ACHS are required to bring a device  to school to use for educational purposes.  

Technology changes very fast and the options for devices have changed dramatically, with more and more devices that have become similar in function, use and cost.  Keeping in mind there is no perfect device for everyone, we want to use the technology to enhance student learning.  

Click here for the allowed devices 

What devices are allowed?








Windows (laptop)

Storage Space (minimum requirement)

32 GB

128GB (minium)

16GB (minium)

128GB (minimum)

Operating System

Should be updated with the latest iOS

OS 10.13

Chrome OS, (updates automatically)

Windows 7.  A new device should be running Windows 10






Wireless must support

802.11 g/n

802.11 g/n

802.11 g/n

802.11 g/n







The iPad Mini does not meet our requirements and will not be allowed to be registered. The iPad Pro in either size is allowed. An iPad with 3G/4G connectivity is not needed, but is allowed. However, per the School Handbook:

Using the 3G or 4G capabilities of the iPad is NOT permitted during the school day as it can be used to bypass the school’s filtering system.

Click here to compare iPad models

In addition to the device, what else should we purchase?

Each student's device should be in a protective case to shield it from damage.

Any protection plan that may come with your device. 

Every iPad comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. But we strongly recommend purchasing AppleCare+ for your iPad, which extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee plus applicable tax. In addition, you'll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts via chat or phone through getsupport.apple.com.

Is there an Acceptable Use Policy for the device?

Yes, there is an Acceptable Use Policy for technology that includes appropriate use of the iPad. The Student Handbook describes this policy for use of any digital or electronic devices.  

This is located in ParentsWeb 


Will we be responsible for buying apps used in class?

Many of the apps used in the classroom will be free to download. There may be some apps in certain courses that students may wish to purchase. Teachers will inform students as to what apps they may be using in their particular courses.

Are students able to use digital textbooks?

Yes, they will purchase any digitally available textbook either through MBS Virtual Bookstore (ex. eBook or Access Code) or the iTunes Store (iBook) on the Apple website.

For more information click here.

Students and families may choose to use print texts. Please be aware that some features of digital texts may be used in classes, however.

Will a student’s iPhone or other smartphone device be allowed as a substitute for the device in the classroom?


While students will continue to have the privilege of using their cell phones during lunchtime in the cafeteria, these devices will not be allowed to be used in the classroom for educational purposes in lieu of an iPad. Since teachers will also be using the iPad, we needed to standardize the type of device which can be used in the classroom for teaching, learning and management purposes. The size of the tablet screen and functionality of the iPad also allow for better interactive learning experience.

What happens if the device is lost or stolen?

Per school policy: the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. The school recommends that you either purchase special insurance coverage or contact your homeowner’s insurance provider to discuss coverage for a lost or stolen iPad.

When setting up the iPad, activate the “Find My iPad” setting to help with locating a missing iPad.

If you believe your iPad is lost or stolen click here.

Will there be an ‘Technology Help Desk’?
Yes.  Our Technology Help Desk is located in the Library.  You can also email us.
Do we need internet access at home for this initiative?

No, although internet access at home is highly recommended. The student can request to register on the school’s network in order to gain W-Fi access while at school.  

Will there be any instruction for students regarding the appropriate and educational use of the devices?
Yes.  All freshmen will participate in a Digital Literacy workshop which will be presented by our Library Media Specialist.