Teachers are expected to use 1:1 devices when appropriate as one of the many resources available in the classroom.
Grades 3-4: 1:1 Class iPads
All students in Grades 3 and 4 have an assigned class iPad. Students use iPads for reading, math, and to complete assignments with Google tools and apps such as Book Creator and Explain Everything. Students in these grades do not take iPads home from school.
Grades 5-8: 1:1 iPads
Colorado Academy distributes individual iPads to students in Grades 6-8. Students keep their iPad for four years before returning it to CA. While students are responsible for caring for their device, the tech office is available to support student iPads. Common in-class uses include note-taking, annotating, word processing, research, reading, and taking and editing photos and videos. For additional information, please see the FAQs below.See iPad Tips and Guidelines here.
iPad Models by Grade for 2023-2024
Grades 9-12: 1:1 Mac Laptops
(beginning in 2023-2024 school year)
- Option 1 (for the Class of 2027): Purchase a Mac from Colorado Academy
- Option 2 (for the Class of 2027): Bring your own Mac laptop
Beginning with the class of 2027, students are required to bring a Mac laptop computer to school. Over the next few years, all CA Upper School students will be required to purchase a new device from Colorado Academy or bring their own device that meets the minimum requirements.
Upper School students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 are not required to bring a Mac laptop and will still use their school-issued iPads. These devices will continue to be required and supported by the school through the students’ remaining years at CA.
Option 1: Purchase a Mac from Colorado Academy
Colorado Academy is offering the option to purchase a computer from the school as a convenience to families. The school believes the model being offered will meet the needs of our students, and if properly cared for, should last for their entire high school career.
The configuration of the Mac available for purchase from Colorado Academy is the following:*
Macbook Air 13” with M1 Chip (8 Core CPU and 7 Core GPU), Space Gray
8 GB RAM
256 GB Hard Drive
AppleCare+ for Schools (4 Years)
Estimated total price: $1150**
While families may purchase these devices on their own, through different vendors, the advantages of purchasing from the school are as follows:
Discount on price compared to purchase of the same model directly from Apple.
Four Years of AppleCare+ for Schools (warranty/insurance) coverage, which includes up to two instances of accidental damage coverage per year with no additional service fees. Additional repairs will be at cost (as quoted by Apple).
In most situations, Colorado Academy can directly handle support and processing of repairs for computers purchased from the school. In those instances where we can’t manage repairs on site, the school will manage the off-site repair process.
* The exact model and price of the computer is subject to change, depending upon Apple’s release schedule. If the price increases by more than $50, Colorado Academy will verify families’ selection before purchasing equipment.
**Financial assistance may be available for families receiving tuition assistance. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 303-914-2513 for additional information.
Option 2: Bring your own Mac laptop
There is no ability to customize the model purchased from the school; so, if you want a different model (e.g., larger hard drive, Macbook Pro, larger screen, etc.) we recommend you purchase your own computer directly from Apple or another authorized Apple reseller.
If you are choosing to purchase your own Mac laptop, the minimum requirements for the Class of 2027 are as follows:
We strongly recommend purchasing AppleCare+ to cover accidental damage and extend warranty protection. Please note: Colorado Academy will be unable to provide repairs for devices that are not purchased from the school, meaning any repairs or tech troubleshooting will need to be managed by the family.
Rising Ninth Grade families will receive an email with a form to select the way in which they’d like to purchase their Mac laptop in the spring before their Ninth Grade year.