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iPads at Jesuit

iPads in the 2019-2020 School Year

We are very excited about the school year ahead and the continuation of our student iPad program. This program will build upon its successes and continue to prepare our students for college and the exciting future that awaits. 

Incoming Freshmen & Parents
As part of orientation, freshman students will receive a 64 GB, 10.5 inch iPad Pro or 10.5 inch iPad Air. Both devices have the same dimensions and use the same case options.  Crusader Crew and Jesuit faculty will assist students with their iPad setup during orientation. If a student is unable to complete one of the tasks because of technical issues, see the IT department after Matriculation on Wednesday, August 14th or before school on Thursday, August 15.   

What needs to be completed before school begins?

  • Set up SJ Email: Your password and login information was mailed to all incoming students by the IT department in early May.  Students will receive an additional  hard copy from the IT department as part of orientation. 
  • Students and parents together: set up your student Apple ID and your family’s Family Sharing, Screentime, and Ask to Buy settings. Also review information about parenting with a school-provided iPad, and Mosyle Screenguide—a parental controls module provided free for Strake Jesuit parents. Read more below and at the iParent Academy page.
  • Purchase a case for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro. Smart keyboards are recommended, and cases which are durable and cover the four corners are required. Both Apple and Amazon sell a variety of cases.
  • Complete iPad Homework, which will be distributed as part of Crusader Crew Orientation.

Where can parents find out more about the iPad? 
Parents can go to the iParent Academy page to see dates for future programs, tips, and resources.  

Returning Students

iPads for Returning Students
Members of the Class of 2021 were issued new 5th Generation iPads during Matriculation in August 2017 and will keep those iPads for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2022 received 10.5 inch iPad Pro as part of Matriculation in August 2018. They will keep these iPads for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years

Upperclassmen Homework
Members of the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2022 should purchase cases for the 10.5 iPad Pro prior to Matriculation Day. Additionally all returning students must ensure their iPad is compliant as we begin the upcoming school year. Students will receive homework as part of matriculation day to ensure this compliance.  

App Store Apps

The Apple App Store has over two million apps; most of them are free. Paid apps typically cost between 99 cents and $10, averaging around $4. In order to purchase apps in the App Store, students must either use (1) a credit card, (2) an Apple Gift Card, or family sharing set up For information on how to create an App Store account without a credit card, click here.

Once an app is purchased, it will forever be linked to the Apple ID used to purchase it. When a student switches to a new iPad in the future, his purchases will ‘follow’ him. As long as he uses the same Apple ID, he will not need to purchase the app again. If he uses the same Apple ID on multiple iOS devices, the apps he purchased will also be available on those devices using the same Apple ID.  If an app was purchased on another Apple ID and is linked through Family Sharing, they may also gain access to the app. 

Students must have the required apps listed below on their iPad. They will be used frequently during a student’s time at Jesuit. If additional apps are required for a particular class, they will appear on a teacher's syllabus on the first day of class.

Click on the following links from your iPad for direct access in the Apple Store.  

Required Paid Apps (to be purchased by student)

  • Notability (account setup required)

Required Free Apps (pre-loaded on student iPads)

  • Kindle
  • Google Drive (log in via SJ email address)
  • Chrome
  • iMovie
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • MyHomework
  • Quizlet
  • Socrative Student
  • Kahoot

*iBooks and Find My iPhone should be preloaded on the device.  If they are not there, they need to be downloaded.

Damaged, Lost or Destroyed

Damaged or Destroyed
Students must report a damaged or destroyed iPad within 24 hours to the Technology Department, which will determine necessary action. The student will be billed $99 for the first repair. For subsequent repairs, made during his time at Jesuit, the student will be billed for the cost of the repairs. This cost typically ranges from $160 to $299. 

Lost iPads
Students must report a lost iPad within 24 hours to the Technology Department. The first case of an iPad’s loss will result in the student being billed $299, which is half the price of the iPad. In the case of the loss of a second iPad or more, anytime during his years at Jesuit, the student will be billed $599, which is the full price of the iPad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which version of the iPad will students receive? 
As part of our 1:1 technology program, Strake Jesuit provides each student with an iPad during his time at Strake Jesuit.  In an effort to maintain cutting-edge technology and prepare our students for the digital world of the future, student iPads are refreshed every three years.  

Members of the Class of 2021 were issued new 128 GB, 5th Generation iPads during Matriculation in August 2017 and will keep those iPads for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

Members of the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2022 will receive 64 GB, 10.5 inch iPad Pros as part of Matriculation in August 2018. They will keep these iPads for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 school years.   

Is a case required? If so, what are your purchasing guidelines?
All students must have a case for their iPad. Cases should be durable and provide protection to the iPad, particularly to the screen, and ensure that corners are covered properly. Students are allowed to choose their own case because we want them to be able to customize their iPad and be able to choose whether to use a physical keyboard or the built-in touch screen keyboard. Note that several covers or sleeves are available that do not provide sufficient protection for drops and transport; examples include the sleeve sold in the Spirit Store, magnetic covers such as Apple's Smart Cover, and some folio-style keyboard covers.  

Why iPads?
A tablet program provides our students with the opportunity to develop the skills, tools, and experiences needed to succeed in high school and to better prepare them for college and beyond. Apple’s ecosystem of high quality apps, strong reputation within the education field, and the iPad’s highly functional touch screen, long battery life, and user-friendly interface most closely suit our students’ learning needs as well as our teachers’ instructional needs in the classroom.

What are the standards expected of students regarding iPads?
Students must adhere to the school’s Acceptable Use Policy found here

How will students use the iPad in the classroom? 
Students will engage in research, note-taking, video production, collaboration, simulations, and a wide range of other activities.  

What is the role of the iPad in an education at Jesuit?
Much like a calculator, pen, notebook, or SmartBoard, the iPad is one tool among many that students use at Jesuit. It will not complete homework for students, nor will it read, analyze, digest, comprehend or make students think more critically about their studies. It is simply a tool that students will use to aid his efforts. Students and teachers are expected to use it when it is helpful, and put it aside when it is not. 

How can parents restrict content or limit features on iPads? 
Parents can enable ‘Restrictions,’ also known as ‘Parental Controls,’ on iPads to prevent access to specific features or content. To learn more about the types of ‘Restrictions’ available and how to enable or disable them, click here. Additionally many high quality monitoring apps are available in Apple's App Store.  

Can students download other apps that are not required by the school? 
Only the required apps and digital textbooks that are not offered in another format are required. The school will not prevent students from downloading other apps as long as they are consistent with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy found here. Of course, parents may establish their own rules with their son regarding what apps and content he is allowed to download.

Can I get a refund if my son downloads apps without my permission? 
Apple’s App Store sales are final, so it is essential you discuss this with your son. If he already uses a smartphone or tablet, you have probably had this conversation already. 

Can students customize their iPads?
Yes, as long as it is in compliance with Jesuit’s Acceptable Use Policy found here

Where can I buy accessories?
Accessories are available at most every major retailer that sells technology items including Best Buy, Office Depot, Walmart, Amazon,, the Apple Store, and many others. 

Will a student keep the same iPad all four years at Jesuit?
No. Based on the school's experience, the iPad's hardware and software work well for three or more years. However, in order to ensure that our students have a current and fully functioning device, the school plans on collecting used student iPads and issuing new iPads to students approximately every 3 years. 

Will returning students be allowed to keep their iPads over the summer?
Yes. However, during a ‘refresh year’ students will turn in their iPad at the end of the school year and be issued a new one relatively soon thereafter.

Who owns the iPad?
The cost of the iPad program has been built into the larger cost of an education at Jesuit. To keep costs down, retain flexibility for the future, relieve some of the possible replacement costs for our families, and maintain consistency of devices, the school has purchased the iPads from Apple and retains ownership. 

How will my son learn to use his iPad?
Primarily from the school's faculty, counselors and staff during the school year. They have been using iPads over the last year and are excited to share their experiences with students. Training will begin during initial distribution and continue during the school year. Additional training will be given through the Information Technology Department.

What happens if a student forgets to bring his iPad to school or forgets to charge his iPad?
In the same way that he is responsible for his calculator, textbooks, and homework, he is responsible for bringing his fully-charged iPad to school each day. If he forgets his iPad, he must accept and manage the consequences in each of his classes. If his iPad runs out of charge, he should be prepared and have a charger or battery pack with him. The Library and Clay Center Atrium have locations where he can charge his iPad. However, he must never leave his iPad unattended without it being in a secure location.

Will students also need a computer?
The iPad is not a replacement for a computer. Its touchscreen, app ecosystem, interactive textbooks, and built-in multi-media capabilities offer students a completely different learning experience. There are some computing activities, particularly those involving extensive processing power, where a computer is necessary. The school will continue to make desktop computers available in the Library for student use.

How will I know my son's iPad is ready for class?
Freshmen should complete their iPad homework found at the top of this page.

Is iPad ‘technical support’ available?
Yes. An IT staff member is available at the Help Desk in the Library during regular school hours. You can also reach Apple's extensive iPad support page available 24/7 by clicking here

If you have any questions that are not answered above, please feel free to contact Mr. Glenn Hymel, the Director of the IT Department, at or Mr. Trip Norkus, the Assistant Principal for Academics, at