Wellesley High School has implemented a digital learning environment using applications including but not limited to Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), Google Education Workspace, Turnitin Academic Writing and Research, and Naviance College and Career Readiness. Students attending Wellesley High School are expected to utilize their own laptops in this digital learning environment whether the learning is in school or remote. Students that cannot bring their own laptops may request a school-issued Chromebook for use during the school year. A limited number of PTSO Grants are available for families that qualify.

Building off the Middle School 1:1 program, students at the High School have more choice in the program. Students choose the type of laptop (Mac, Windows, Chromebooks) and learn to administer their own laptops, preparing them for college and the workforce. As administrators of their laptops, students develop technical skills and independence in the care and maintenance of technology.

Below are the recommended specifications for students entering the High School in the 2021-22 school year.

BYOL (Family Provided) – Mac, Windows, Chromebooks

New laptop Suggestions:

A laptop that will last the full four years of High School. These are general suggestions based on that benchmark.

Some newer laptops might only have USB C ports on a computer. There will be a need in some Science labs to connect probes to a standard USB port. In this case, a USB-C to USB adapter is required. 

Chromebooks have become a very cost-effective, versatile, and popular alternative to a laptop. They can be used for most everyday student use; however, a Chromebook has some limitations. A Chromebook is not compatible with the MCAS testing system and the advanced photo and video editing software used in our Art, TV Production, and Evolutions courses. Additionally, accessibility tools (speech to text, vision support, etc.) and computer programming work better on a Windows or Mac laptop. For students interested in pursuing these areas of study, please consider the restrictions in your decision. A limited amount of loaner laptops will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for students who need to use an alternate device. The priority for loaner laptops is given to students whose device is being repaired and are without a device.

Here is a helpful link for deciding on a Chromebook or Laptop (Mac or Windows)

District-sponsored internet services are available for families who qualify.

Chromebooks: Price Range ~$400-$1100

  • Screen Size: 12″ or bigger
  • Processor: AMD/Intel-based
  • Hard Drive: 32 GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • WiFi: 802.11ac
  • Battery Life: 8 Hours +
  • Warranty: 3 Years

Laptops (Win, Mac): Price Range ~$600-$1800

  • Screen Size: 13″ or bigger
  • Processor: i5 or better
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB (SSD – Solid State Drive)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • WiFi: 802.11ac
  • Battery Life: 8 Hours +
  • Warranty: 3 Years

Older laptop suggestions:

If you have a laptop at home already, these are general guidelines for bringing an older laptop that will work in our schools.

  • Capable of running the latest version of the native Operating System (OS)
  • Less than five years old
  • Available disk space to install software (depends on the software needed for courses)
  • The battery can last at least 6 hrs
  • It is suggested for a clean installation of the Operating System and, if possible, install a new battery.

School-Issued

Financial Assistance:

Families that qualify for Financial Assistance through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or the Wellesley Public Schools’ Financial Assistance Policy will be provided a device for use during the school year (including taking it home at night). The device remains the property of the Wellesley Public Schools. Applications for financial assistance must be filed annually and can be found here – Financial Assistance Information Link. Call 781-446-6210 ext. 5439 or email 1to1coordinator@wellesleyps.org.

School-Issued Device:

Families that cannot bring their own laptops may request a school-issued Chromebook for use during the school year (including taking it home at night). A limited number of PTSO Grants are available for families that qualify. Call 781-446-6210 ext. 5439 or email 1to1coordinator@wellesleyps.org.

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