Welcome to Carondelet High School! We are excited to partner with you and your daughter on this great adventure. We are pleased to provide you with more information about our iPad and textbook program. Incoming 9th-grade students pay a one-time tech fee and a yearly textbook fee. The fees can be rolled into a family’s payment plan through Smart Tuition, providing interest- free financing and sheltering families from having to incur sizable upfront expenses.
The tech fee charged does not entirely cover the costs of the iPad and apps. The program is subsidized by Carondelet because the iPad device program is an integral part of our digital textbook program and it is important for us to ensure that all students are able to access the learning tools they need. This program further allows families to push off the need to equip their daughter with a laptop as they get older and enter courses that mirror the college experience.
Program logistics and family’s responsibilities
The Carondelet iPad remains the property of the school. Before receiving the device, families will be asked to sign a lease contract that specifies all terms linked to this program. Upon graduation, the device will become the property of your daughter.
We will equip your daughter with the latest iPad generation with the larger memory capacity that she will need to bring to Carondelet each day. The iPad will give her the ability to leverage many resources in all of her classes. The iPad is considered to be an organizational tool that provides students with:
- access to textbooks, online learning platforms and Schoology,
- organizational and study materials (email, note-taking apps, calendar management, apps to support learning, studying, and provide vehicles that support collaboration).
- support for content-creation options (video, document creation, online research).
The device is NOT intended to be a duplicate cell phone or gaming tool. While they are a student of Carondelet, the device will have restrictions and lockdowns that will limit a student’s ability to use the device for personal purposes
The devices are distributed during our half-day summer tech training which is mandatory for all incoming Freshmen.
Part of your lease agreement includes responsibilities to keep the device safe. We will release an iPad to your daughter only if she brings an appropriate protective case for the iPad. Please note iPad models are different sizes and require the correctly sized case (the newest device available is the 10.2” iPad (7th generation). Carondelet’s online store sells an approved iPad case with the essential corner protection. If you select to buy one on your own, please note, cases should have some shock-absorbing qualities and protect corners. The case should also have a cover to protect the screen when the device is not being used. (Otterbox, Youmaker, Torras all provide the essential corner protection and have been popular among our students). Please remember your daughter’s iPad will most likely be in a backpack, so choose your case accordingly.
A quality stylus that facilitates handwriting is required. The original Apple Pen works with the 10.2” iPad and is well-liked by students who use them. Please note the 2nd generation Apple pen does not pair with the 10.2” iPad. A less expensive choice is the Meko stylus, available on Amazon. Many students have found that an optional small external keyboard helps with essays and other typed assignments.
Carondelet will pre-load the iPad with apps that will give your daughter the basic academic tools needed for classroom and project-based learning. Textbooks will be loaded to the device at the Summer tech training, during which students spend time learning how to use the device to support learning as well as setting up and personalizing their new device.
Please note that although this is not a “tech department tool,” your daughter will also need a HP Prime Wireless graphing calculator for her Mathematics classes (approximate cost $150). She will use this calculator for all 4 years at Carondelet.
Limited financial assistance is available; please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the iPad program, please feel free to email me. I look forward to an exciting year.
Elizabeth Chaponot, Ph.D.
Vice Principal of Academics and ED Tech