Will I need to purchase an iPad?

Yes. Every student is required to bring an iPad to school. 

I already own an iPad, can I use it?

Yes, as long as the iPad meets our technical criteria, has enough available space, and is associated with your student’s Warriorlife Apple ID. 

If the iPad is associated with a pre-existing Apple ID, it must be the student’s personal Apple ID (not shared with others, including family members) and some personal content may need to be removed to make space for school content. 

What if I already own an iPad, but I didn’t purchase AppleCare+?

If you purchased your new iPad within the last 60 days, you can still purchase AppleCare+ at an Apple Retail Store. We strongly recommend adding AppleCare+ since it extends your coverage to 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). To buy AppleCare+ at an Apple Retail Store, a Specialist will first need to verify your iPad purchase date and confirm that your iPad has no pre-existing damage. 

If you purchased your iPad outside of the 60 day window, it is your choice to still have your student use the iPad. Keep in mind that an iPad not covered by AppleCare+ only comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. 

If you purchased your iPad or are considering purchasing your iPad from a retailer other than Apple, carefully consider their “care” plans. Some care plans may require several days to weeks of repair which could leave the student without access to the iPad and the school content on the iPad. 

How can I tell which iPad model I own?

You can easily identify your iPad model at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201471

Will there be a purchase or rental option through VCHS?

No. The high school will not be ordering a purchase or rental program to families due to the sheer size of the student body. We believe providing families with the ability to select the device that best fits their needs or use a previously purchased iPad will outweigh rental opportunities through the school.

I have an 8th Grade student at VCJH; will he/she be able to use his/her iPad at the high school next year?

Yes. As long as the iPad continues to meet the minimum requirements, it may be used across campuses while attending VCS. 

May I use another device for school in place of the iPad?

A: No. You will need an iPad to meet the technical requirements of our 1:1 program. We will be using iOS Apps which only work on an iPad and eBooks that can only be read in an iOS App. Just as importantly, teachers will be creating a learning environment for you that requires a device that is mobile, always-on, multi-touch-enabled, and multi-functional. In addition, some testing requires an iPad rather than a laptop. Please read more about this on our “Why iPad?” web page. 

VCHS has also determined that standardizing with one device is the best learning model for students. This allows teachers to more efficiently address technical issues in the classroom. 

Rest assured that should you enroll in a class at VCHS that requires different computing functions than an iPad can accommodate, such as Digital Photography, you will be working in a desktop computer lab environment. 

Why won’t a 16GB iPad meet the minimum requirements?

16GB iPads do not meet the minimum requirement standards due to the storage demands of digital textbooks, apps, and multimedia files. 

Do I need to buy a Bluetooth keyboard?

While some students may prefer to type on a Bluetooth keyboard, it is not required. However, a stylus is required and will be very helpful in math courses at VCHS.

Should you purchase a Bluetooth keyboard, we recommend one with keys that are enclosed in a protective case to avoid the unintentional pressing of keys, e.g. while in a backpack. This could cause the unintentional changing of iPad content, iPad settings, and it could even lock the student out of the iPad, which requires a factory reset. As an additional measure, we recommend turning Bluetooth off in the iPad settings whenever Bluetooth is not being used. 

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