Laptop Policy

Desert Academy is committed to preparing students for the fast and ever-changing cyberspace they are immersed in, and to help them develop their own digital identity. Our faculty, across subject and year groups, continue to find innovating and exciting applications for the technology in their classrooms. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, we be expanding our use of student laptops in the classroom, with specific objectives in both middle and high school.

Families of middle school students may either provide their own laptop or check out a school Chromebook for use during the school year (with $300 refundable deposit). This is to be brought to school by students, fully charged, each day. For middle school, we recommend Chromebooks, which are inexpensive and can be used in conjunction with students’ managed Desert Academy Google accounts both on campus and at home. Below are a few recommendations:

Lenovo Chromebook Convertible Laptop 11.6”

Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible 11.6”

Dell Chromebook 11 3180 DP 1T3 11.6”

Families of high school students will provide their own laptop capable of handling course requirements. This is to be brought to school by students, fully charged, each day. Historically Desert Academy is primarily a Mac-based school. Windows users may need to be more independent and tech savvy in classrooms, as teachers may be less experienced with the platform. Below are minimum hardware recommendations for high school students (used/recertified computers are fine):

Apple: MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro from 2015 or later.
PC: Windows laptop from 2015 or later. The laptop must have English language Windows 10.
If you are unsure if your own laptop is sufficient, email Christopher Zappe for further advice.

Maintenance of laptops is not provided by Desert Academy, except help will be given to connect laptops to the Desert network. A replacement computer (Chromebook) can be loaned if a student has a computer breakdown.