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Technology Program

Program Description

Loyola High School utilizes a 1:1 based technology program which requires each student to have their own computer and access to broadband internet connectivity. Access to these two essential pieces of technology are used daily by students for research, test taking, classroom activities, homework assignments and, when necessary, to engage in online distance learning. A 1:1 technology program allows students to gain valuable technology skills that enhance their education and promote lifelong computer literacy.

All incoming students are required to have their own Apple MacBook. For reliability and to promote school wide digital equity, the student’s macbook must be a new and current model. For more detailed information, including specific requirements, please review this webpage or contact Loyola’s Director of Information Technology, Mr. Terence Stephenson.

Based on Loyola’s extensive experience using Apple products and their reputation for quality & reliability, we have elected to utilize Apple MacBooks in our technology program. The majority of current students and Loyola’s faculty and staff have used Apple computers for years.

AppleCare+

Every Mac comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary technical support. AppleCare+ for Mac extends your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. In addition, you’ll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone

For our technoloy program, every student must purchase AppleCare+. This provides full hardware and software support for your Mac without you having to worry about the cost and quality of repairs. Please note that AppleCare+ must be purchased within 60 days of purchasing your new mac. For more information about AppleCare+ please visit Apple’s AppleCare+ page.

Our technology program has the following requirements:

  • Students must have their own MacBook for use both at school and at home.
  • The MacBook must have AppleCare+ coverage. Loyola High School does not provide any hardware related support for student computers. AppleCare+ will allow you to bring your computer to an Apple Store for any hardware related issues.
  • Students are required to bring their MacBook to school each day with the battery fully charged and in good operating condition. 
  • The MacBook must be enrolled in Loyola’s mobile device management (MDM) solution. Students will receive instructions on how to do this during a mandatory technology orientation bootcamp.

How to purchase

Students may purchase their MacBook from any authorized Apple reseller including the Apple Store, Best Buy or Costco. Loyola has worked with Apple to create a online Apple Store for Loyola High School where you will be able to purchase Apple macs or iPads at Apple’s current educational rates. Items can be shipped directly to you or you can arrange to pick them up at you local Apple Retail Store.

MacBooks should not be purchased second hand and/or through an unauthorized third party. This is to protect our students from purchasing damaged or stolen products that would not be supported by Apple. Macs purchased though these means are also not eligible for AppleCare+ which is required for our technology program.

Approved Models

Any new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. For most students the MacBook Air with the Apple M1 processor is a good option with the base model being more than adequate for daily student use. One upgrade we would recommend is to upgrade from 8gb to 16gb of RAM which will improve overall performance. Students who plan to take digital photography or use their MacBook for video editing may need a MacBook Pro which has more processing power and storage. Please remember that AppleCare+ must also be purchased with your mac as required by our technology program. AppleCare+ can be purchased online, at the Apple Store or by calling 800-275-2273 within 60 days of purchase.

Recommended accessories

Most MacBook models have only usb-c ports for connectivity. If you plan to connect older usb devices such as printers or flash drives we recommend purchasing a usb-c hub such as this. This hub will also allow you to connect an external display via hdmi, connect to a wired network and insert external memory cards. We also highly recommend is a hard shell case to protect the MacBook from damage.

1. Will there be support for families on financial aid?
Loyola provides a MacBook to a very limited number of families based on financial need. Eligible families will be contacted directly via mail in early to mid May.

2. What applications (apps) will be provided to students as part of the technology program?
Students will be provided the following apps as a part of their enrollment at Loyola High School:
– Google Workspace for Education
– Adobe Creative Cloud
– Microsoft Office
– Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection

Please note that these apps are only provided to our students while they remain students at Loyola High School. Once a student graduates or leaves Loyola, access to these apps will be revoked.

3. Which Apple MacBook do you recommend?
For most students the model we recommend is the MacBook Air with the Apple M1 processor. If it fits in your budget, we would recommend upgrading to 16gb of RAM from the standard 8gb of RAM for improved performance. Students who plan to take digital photography or use their Macbook outside of school or activities such as video editing, music creation, etc… might opt for a mac with more memory, faster processors and graphics such as a MacBook Pro.

4. What are my son’s support options if something goes wrong with his MacBook?
Loyola does not provide any hardware related support for student computers. One of the reasons we require AppleCare+ coverage for our technology program is that it offers mac owners 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat, phone or in person support at an Apple Store. AppleCare+ also provides up to three years of hardware coverage for your mac including up to 2 incidents of accidental damage coverage (subject to a service fee).

5. Does Loyola monitor what students are doing on their MacBooks?
Loyola High School actively monitors all network traffic on campus including websites visited and services accessed while connected to our network. Off campus activity is not monitored but per Loyola High School’s Responsible Use Policy, students are responsible for their activity when using Loyola provided services such as Google Workspace for Education and Canvas regardless of where they are accessing it from.

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