I compared the price online. Why does the estimated price offered through the district seem higher than what I see online?

If making a comparison, please make sure you select the 2.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 instead of the 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5. Also, a 3 year AppleCare Repair Agreement is included in our estimate.

The discount also depends on the number of families that are interested in purchasing the laptop through us.

Based on purchases in previous years the price range is estimated between $1300 and $1400.

*UPDATE
Now that we have received our pricing from Apple the differences in price are as follows:

Our cost for the 13” MacBook Air is $1344 + Tax with 3 years of Apple Repair Coverage.

Apple’s cost of the same computer with the educational discount is $1462 + Tax with the 3 years of AppleCare.

Apple’s cost of the same computer without the educational discount is $1598 + Tax with the 3 years of AppleCare.

Will there be a an option to purchase a laptop through the schools during the school year?

The decision to purchase the laptops will need to be made during the first installment window which opens in April 12, 2017.

Can my student bring in a Chromebook?

Some courses require software to be downloaded and installed. Chromebooks are built to access web or browser-based applications and do not support locally installed applications. Also, some flash based content may not work on a Chromebook.

However, we understand the device of choice might be a Chromebook for a number of reasons. If a student’s device doesn’t support tools used in a course, there will be a limited amount of available laptops to borrow for the class.

What does it mean when it says “they must have administrative access”?

Students must have the ability to install software and make adjustments to settings on the laptop. Some families might have their laptops setup with separate user accounts and restrict abilities for certain household members. An administrative account wouldn’t have these restrictions.

Will you be placing restrictions on the laptops?

No restrictions will be placed on the laptops. Internet content will still be filtered while the laptop is connected to the WPS network at the Wellesley High School.

When will we receive the laptop if purchasing a laptop through the schools?

If a student purchases a laptop, they will receive the laptop at the beginning of the 17-18 school year upon receipt of the second payment.

Will I get a cover with the purchase option?

No, please be sure to bring a good cover with you so your laptop is well protected in the backpack.

If my student has an older laptop that (s)he uses that does not meet the minimum recommended specs but works, can he bring it?

Yes, it is recommended to get a new battery so (s)he will not be tethered to the wall in the classroom. Also (s)he should be sure to bring in his battery charger every day too.

I signed my student up to bring in their own laptop in the prior sign up survey. Do I need to do anything now?

Yes, please fill out the registration form and let us know what type of device your student is bringing. This registration process is the final process and will let us know what we will need for devices in school to support he students.