Bring Your Own Device
To ensure that all students have equitable access to the tools they need to pursue their studies St. Mark’s requires each student to have a laptop computer, either a Mac or a Windows PC, but not a Chromebook, as Chromebooks do not support some desktop applications used in our classes. By ensuring that all students have comparable devices, the school better supports instruction in the classroom, allowing faculty to plan for predictable and reliable access to technological tools throughout the curriculum.
Additional information on software requirements will be released this summer.
Required Laptop Specifications
The information below gives minimum requirements. In general newer computers will provide better usability over the course of a student’s time at St. Mark’s.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why does St. Mark’s require students to have a laptop?
- Does every student need to have the same computer?
- Are students taught how to use their laptops?
- What computer does St. Mark’s require?
- What software does St. Mark’s require?
- Can I use my current computer?
- Do I need a “better” laptop for advanced courses?
- Will I be able to purchase software through the school?
- Do I need different software for different classes?
- Am I able to purchase my computer through the school?
- Should I get the extended warranty for my computer?
- Are there computers I can borrow if mine breaks?
- Will financial aid support computer purchases?
- Am I able to use a tablet or iPad instead of a laptop?
- Do I need a tablet, iPad, smartphone or other device in addition to the laptop?
- Should I purchase any specific add-on devices to go with the laptop?
- Will there be technical support for student laptops?
- Do students have access to wifi everywhere on campus?
- Is there web filtering in place at St. Mark’s?
- Should parents apply “parental restrictions” to student laptops?
- Do students need access to an App Store account to purchase software?
- Who can I talk to if I have more questions?