1:1 iPads

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The Academy of the Holy Cross 1:1 iPad program provides tools that answer the need for utilizing technology in all aspects of the learning cycle. Through this program, we help our girls develop technological skills in all aspects of the learning cycle and help them build an appreciation for digital citizenship. Teachers and students will create an environment of ingenuity and collaboration, enhancing the learning process and supporting multiple learning styles.


In support of this effort:

  • Our powerful wireless network throughout the school enables access to online resources
  • Our Student Technology Center includes a computer lab, design technology classroom with a 3-D printer and 3-D pens, and a collaborative tech area for student use.
  • The Student Tech Team serves as technology leaders in the school producing "how-to" guides, organizing and managing an iPad help desk and maintaining social media guidelines for their peers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 1:1 program?

The term "one to one" refers to one device for each student.

Why did you select the iPad?

We looked at many different devices and determined that the iPad was the best choice for Holy Cross. It has set the market standard for tablet quality, ease of use, battery life, and applications (apps).

Security was an additional consideration. The iPad is considered to be one of the most secure devices on the market today. Apps for the iPad must be digitally signed by the developer and are distributed through Apple approved channels only.

Another important consideration was the iPad's versatility allowing students to multitask using the many different apps available. Students can perform a variety of tasks using the iPad in an educational environment with numerous requirements.

Our students already live in a digital world. They communicate electronically. They learn electronically. We are committed to helping our students develop technological skills and an appreciation for digital citizenship.

What does the Technology Fee cover?

The annual $420 Technology Fee covers the annual expenses of the 1:1 iPad Program including management software, AppleCare maintenance, supporting infrastructure, technical support, and applications.

I already have an iPad; can I use my own device?

Since the iPads we provide are imaged with uniform apps that are maintained by our IT department, we cannot accommodate personal devices.

Can I use my family or parent's Apple ID account?

For the iTunes and App Store, students will use personal Apple IDs using their Holy Cross email address. This will allow students to obtain and download apps, iBooks, music and other content from Apple. Students are permitted to add their own apps on the iPad, space permitted. Parents who wish to manage this Apple ID should consider requiring their daughter to share her personal Apple ID password with them.

Starting Summer 2018, all students will also be issued an additional school-managed Apple ID for iCloud syncing and backups. This Apple ID will have access to an increase in iCloud storage (from 5GB to 200GB). This is a new Apple Education benefit (introduced by Apple in April 2018) and is available only for school Apple IDs. School-managed Apple IDs will be set up on all student iPads for iCloud data, backups and other Apple iCloud apps.

How does the 1:1 iPad Program work?

The iPad is school property and all students must comply with our Acceptable Use Policy. The iPad is provided to students for educational purposes and is not their personal property. All students will use their iPad to support their learning experience. They will be expected to bring the iPad to school fully charged each day and must have it in class just as they would any other required educational material.

Will the iPad replace all printed textbooks?

We do not believe in compromising the quality of instructional materials simply to go digital. Some textbooks are not available digitally. Some textbooks are state-issued.

What happens if my iPad is lost or damaged?

The iPad carries AppleCare+ protection plan. AppleCare+ does not cover the iPad if it is lost or stolen, but does cover damage. Students/parents will be responsible for the replacement cost if the iPad is lost or stolen.

A cracked case or screen resulting from neglect will not be covered under AppleCare+. If the iPad is accidentally damaged, parents will be responsible for paying $49 for a deductible to cover the costs of repairing that iPad. Note that this can only be done twice under the three-year coverage period. If the iPad is lost, stolen or damaged beyond the second incident in the three-year coverage period, families will be responsible for the replacement cost of both the device and AppleCare+, approximately $508.

We strongly encourage families to add the iPad under their home insurance or umbrella policy. Of course, the best policy is to avoid leaving the iPad in a position where it could be lost or stolen. Students should care for the iPad as if it were their own.

Will there be training for students and parents?

At the time iPads are distributed, every student and at least one parent/guardian is required to attend a presentation outlining expectations of iPad use. Students will be given access to the Holy Cross Technology at A Glance portal page to have access to digital guides, videos and related tasks on how to use the iPad during the school year. All students will receive additional training during their orientation days at the beginning of the school year.

Can families opt out of the iPad Program?

No. Participation in the 1:1 iPad Program is required of every student who attends The Academy of the Holy Cross.

What if I have questions during the school year?

If you have additional questions, please contact us at ITstaff@academyoftheholycross.org.