American Heritage School

iPad Program grades (6 - 12)


We are excited to announce that we will launch a mandatory 1:1 iPad program for the 2015 - 2016 school year. All students in grades 6-12 will be required to have an iPad. The majority of our books will be available digitally; some print textbooks and workbooks will still be utilized. When purchase your iPad , we strongly recommend the iPad Air 64GB or 128GB or the iPad mini with Retina display.

iPad Insurance
What happens if an iPad gets broken, lost or stolen? It is a good idea to consider some sort of insurance for your child’s iPad. If you purchase your iPad through Apple, you may want to elect to buy AppleCare+ for an additional fee. Every iPad comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through the limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPad extends your coverage for two years from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee. You should also check with your homeowners, renters, and/or car insurance to see if loss or damage to an iPad would be covered. If you are interested in purchasing outside insurance for your iPad, there are many options out there. Here are a few:

Worth Ave. Group
Protect Your Bubble


Should we get wireless or cellular?

American Heritage School has a campus-wide high speed Wi-Fi network. All students in grades 6-12 will be able to access this network on their iPads during the school year. The Wi-Fi version will adequately meet the needs of students on campus and at home, if you have Wi-Fi there. The wireless version of the iPad is generally less expensive than the cellular options.

iPads with LTE (cellular) capabilities are NOT necessary; however, some people may prefer to opt for the cellular version, which will provide Internet access anywhere. If you choose to purchase a cellular model, a contract with a carrier is required with a monthly service fee based on data plans. Please note: Students who have the ability to access the internet through LTE will have the ability to access social media or inappropriate sites on school grounds.

How much storage will we need?

The iPad is currently available with multiple storage capacities. We highly recommend that you purchase the iPad with at least 64GB or more of storage space. From our research, we have found that some textbooks that students will want to use must be downloaded and can consume large amounts of data. Some are as large as 2 - 4GB each. If a student needs to download 5 textbooks at 3GB each, they alone will utilize 15GB of storage. While students may not initially find they need the larger capacity (especially, at first, if they use a combination of digital and hard copy texts), we feel that in the future, the need for more space may become a problem. Since it is not possible to add storage at a later date, we recommend purchasing the iPad with the largest storage capacity.

What if we already own an iPad with less storage?

If your child already has an iPad with less than 64GB of storage, he/she will still be able to use it at school. Some textbooks are accessed online and do not take up space. Students can also learn how to manage their apps, data, and updates to manage space efficiently. By using cloud storage, students may be able to free up space needed to download textbooks. If you plan to purchase a new iPad, however, we do strongly recommend the 128GB or at least the 64GB, or higher version to ensure the most functionality.

What about the mini?

The choice between mini and full-sized is yours and should be based on comfort. The mini runs about $100 less than the full-sized version, but some students find the full-sized iPad is easier to manipulate, and the screen is better for viewing textbooks and class notes. American Heritage School will allow either version of the iPad on campus, however, we strongly recommend the full-sized version.

What about android devices?

The Apple iPad is the mobile device of choice for American Heritage School. Because our campus is an Apple school, using iPads will allow for a more seamless transition between desktops and mobile devices. In addition, iBook textbooks will not run on Android devices. If textbooks chosen by teachers are in the iBook reader, students with devices that are not Apple will not be able to access those textbooks. Also, some apps that our teachers and students will use are not available on Android devices. For these reasons, the iPad is the mobile device of choice at American Heritage School.

So what iPad does American Heritage recommend?

iPad 64GB or 128GB with Retina display


Starting with the 2015 -2016 school year, all students in grades 6-12 will be required to have an iPad. The majority of textbooks will be accessed only through the iPad and teachers will use the iPad as an instructional tool. The information below should help answer many of the questions you might have regarding our iPad program.

Why the iPad?

The iPad is our mobile technology tool of choice at this time and the only one that students will be able to bring to school. iPads were specifically chosen because of their superior maintenance, battery life and the great number of educational apps. We appreciate the easy access to Apple Support. In addition, our teachers and staff are trained on the iPad and use it daily. They will be accessing the same digital texts, as students will through their own iPads. By ensuring that everyone across campus is using the same operating system, we will create a supportive environment where everyone can work together to solve problems and learn.

What procedures has the school implemented to prevent students from texting, going on Facebook and Twitter, and surfing the web?

The school has firewalls in place that prevent students from getting onto social media sites. Students and teachers will be working collaboratively with this new technology, which means that teachers will be walking the classroom and engaging students. Teachers will be able to easily spot students who are not participating.

What security procedures has the school implemented to make sure that the iPads are safe?

Students are responsible for their belongings. That includes purses, wallets, expensive textbooks, smart phones, and their iPad. When you purchase your iPad, be sure to keep the receipt in a secure location. This receipt will contain the serial number that may be used to identify a lost or stolen iPad. All parents are asked to download and enable the “Find Me” app, which may help your son or daughter find the iPad if it is lost or stolen.

Can iPads be used anywhere on campus?

Yes, American Heritage School has school-wide Wi-Fi, which means that students will be able to use their iPads in all classrooms, in the Library/Media Center, and in outside areas, as well. Student iPads must be registered in the Library/Media to connect to our WiFi network.

What should students do to backup their iPads?

iCloud and iTunes can back up most data on the iPad. Learn how to backup your iPad using iCloud or iTunes. Visit iOS : How to backup and expand the section you wish to learn more about. Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books*; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. Media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes

What apps are recommended?

New applications are tested for student success by our school Technology Team throughout the year. American Heritage will provide parents and students with a recommended app list over the summer.


Will each student be given an email address?

All American Heritage students are issued a google account that gives them access to email, a calendar function and google docs.

Will students be able to charge their iPads at school?

It will be the responsibility of the student to come to school with the device fully charged. With a tenhour battery life, they will not need to recharge during the school day. Students should not expect that charging is available to them in classrooms during the school day.

Will there be rules and guidelines regarding iPad use on campus.

Yes. We have a Student iPad Acceptable Use Policy that all students are required to follow. Students and parents are required to sign an iPad Student/Parent Agreement and abide by our Digital Citizenship Agreement as outlined in our student handbook.

What additional options would you recommend?

It's your iPad, but we recommend that students have a case for their iPad. Some families will choose to have a film cover placed on the glass of the iPad to protect against scratches. Other than these, your student does not need any additional accessories. Some students may wish to purchase a Bluetooth keyboard, but that is not required.

What happens when a new model is released and/or new technologies emerge?

Technology is changing and evolving constantly, and American Heritage will evaluate new products and make adjustments as necessary. For us, the device is simply a tool to be used in the service of teaching and learning. Education must always come before any particular educational tool — whether a desk, a textbook, a ruler, a calculator, or an iPad.

How will students save documents?

Students can save documents using their Google Drive through their Google Apps account provided by the school. iCloud can be activated to automatically sync files created in Pages, Numbers and Keynote. By using these accounts, documents can be saved and exported in various formats for later use and students will have access to documents from other computers via the Internet. These files can then be shared with classmates and/or teachers.

Will students only be using digital books (ebooks)?

The iPad will not be replacing textbooks 100% this year. Even though it is our goal to reduce the cost and weight of textbooks, American Heritage is focused on using the best available materials for each learning environment. With this hybrid approach, the school hopes a significant savings will eventually be passed on to families. All families will purchase hardcopy textbooks through MBS Direct. Digital materials will be delivered by the classroom teachers in the beginning of the semester. By partnering with MBS Direct, Digital Books will be delivered through the school at the beginning of the year or semester.

Is help available if a student is having trouble with his or her iPad?

The Library/Media Center staff is available throughout the day to assist students with iPad questions. There will be a specific area in the Library dedicated to iPad help. Students can get assistance with setting up their email or Google Drives accounts, troubleshooting with digital textbooks, or any other troubleshooting questions. We do not, however, offer any sort of repair service on campus. Please bring your iPad to the Apple Store or go through any private insurance provider you may have chosen if your iPad is broken or damaged.

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