Mercy High School’s incoming freshmen will be required to have an iPad in their possession when the school year begins August 2020. We recommend incoming students purchase a new iPad (generation 7) as this device is intended to last all of her 4 years at Mercy. A generation 6 iPad would suffice as well. Purchasing the latest iPad model will ensure the hardware will be compatible with Apple's routine iOS updates. iPad Minis and iPhone Plus models are not allowed.
Other considerations for iPad include:
- Color: Color doesn't matter to us, use your creative freedom.
- Storage: 32 GB of storage is plenty, however, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage is an excellent option.
- Cellular Data: You can purchase a cellular data-capable iPad, however, it is against school and technology use policy for students to use cellular data during the school day.
- AppleCare+: This is not required by Mercy High School, however, students and their families are responsible for ensuring they have a working device.
If you have additional questions, feel free to email Mr. Paul Tschudin, Director of Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below, are links for additional information and purchasing options for eligible iPads, Apple Pencils, and cases. These purpose of these links is to provide information to ensure the incoming student gets the correct device. Feel free to shop around online or in store to find better deals on iPads, Apple Pencils, and case/keyboard combos.
Eligible iPad Models
This is the recommended version of iPad for the 2019 incoming class of students.
Starting at $329, this generation 7 iPad comes standard with 32 GB, which is plenty of storage for educational use, and an upgrade to 128 GB of storage is available. This model of iPad gives students the storage, speed, RAM and processing power for all of their education-related technology needs. This model of iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil and has a Smart Connector port for students to attach and connect a keyboard to their device.
Starting at $499, the iPad Air comes standard with 64 GB, which is plenty of storage for educational use, and an upgrade to 256 GB of storage is more than enough. This model of iPad gives students plenty of storage, speed, RAM and processing power for all of their education-related technology needs. This model of iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil and has a Smart Connector port for students to attach and connect a keyboard to their device.
Starting at $649 this iPad Pro was released late 2017, but provides more RAM and faster processing power for all of the education-related technology needs your student will have. Added bonus, this model of iPad was built to be used with the Apple Pencil.
Starting at $799 this iPad Pro was released just released in November of 2018. This iPad is the wave of the future when it comes to iPad and provides the highest amount of education-related technology needs your student will have. This model of iPad was built to be used with the new Apple Pencil and newest technology you have heard about from Apple.
Purchasing the Apple Pencil is optional, but many students have found the Apple Pencil useful for their studies. There are three purchasing options available for the Apple Pencil.
Priced at $99, this Apple Pencil is compatible with the following iPads:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad Air
Priced at $129, this Apple Pencil is compatible with the following iPads:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch
It is highly recommended that all students purchase a case/keyboard combo to protect their iPad. A majority of the students who have not purchased a heavy-duty case have paid for additional iPad screen repairs.
When purchasing an iPad case/keyboard, be sure to consider the iPad model and your daughter's ability to take care of her device. Every iPad model has different specifications and every student has different experiences integrating technology into her educational experience. Families are 100% liable for their iPad and are responsible for all damages done to their device.
In the last year, Apple has released mouse/trackpad support for iPads. A built-in trackpad may be beneficial for students, especially with writing papers.
When purchasing a case/keyboard combo, I look at 5 things:
- Durable Case
- Detachable Keyboard
- Apple Pencil holster
- How the case props up the iPad
Recommended brands include:
Recommended iPad case/keyboard include: