1:1 Laptop Program

The Laptop

Program Summary

The 1:1 device selected for grades 5-9 is an Apple MacBook Air. This device has been selected because of its:
  • superior power, expandability, and open architecture
  • portability
  • ability to connect to and transfer data among most applications
  • ability to view, understand, and manipulate important elements of the operating system and other software applications
  • comfort and compatibility for data entry, primarily the ease of use for the amount of writing a student is asked to do

Keeping Your Laptop Clean

When cleaning the outside of your MacBook Air, first shut down your computer and unplug the power adapter. Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer's exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the computer. Don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide that might damage the finish.
To clean the screen on your MacBook Air, first shut down the computer and unplug the power adapter. Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with water only, then use it to clean the computer’s screen.

Further information can be found at:

List of 4 items.

  • Accessories

    The School recommends that each family acquire the following accessories for student use in conjunction with his laptop.

    External Hard Drive (minimum 500 GB) or Flash Drive – to back up and save student work. There are many quality products available via Amazon or at Best Buy, including:
    In-Ear Headphones with built-in microphone. Students are NOT permitted to bring over-the ear headphones to school and will not be allowed to use them while in school. Many high quality in-ear headphones are available; one highly rated brand is Brainwavz Delta with Mic.

    Wireless Mouse (optional) for use at home if your son prefers a mouse to the trackpad.  Two reasonably priced options are:
  • Printing

    Students will be assigned printers based upon their building location.  If boys need to print to other printers in the building, they can request access from the IT Help Desk.
  • Software/Applications

    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Apple OS Utilities
    • Audacity
    • Dropbox
    • Evernote
    • FileMaker Pro
    • Garageband
    • Geometer’s Sketchpad
    • Google Apps for Edu. (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc.)
    • Google Earth
    • iMovie
    • Internet Browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox)
    • iPhoto
    • IXL Math
    • Keynote
    • Microsoft Office
    • Numbers
    • Organizational apps
    • Pages
    • Quicktime and other video players
    • Sketchup
    • SMART software
    • Stuffit Expander
    • VoiceThread
    • Others as required
  • Technical Specifications

    MacBook Air (13”, Early 2015) 

    13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.
    8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    Battery and Power
    Up to 12 hours wireless web
    Size and Weight
       Width: 12.8 inches (32.5 cm)
       Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg) 3
    Charging and Expansion
       Two USB 3 ports
       Thunderbolt 2 port
       MagSafe 2 power port
       SDXC card slot
       Stereo speakers
       Dual microphones
       Headphone port 
       Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.