Middle School Laptop Programme

Students entering Grade 6
Grade 6 is an exciting year for York School students. It is the first year of Middle School as well as the first formal year of our One to One laptop programme.  To ensure a smooth transition into our Academic programme all Grade 6 students will be provided with a school owned Chromebook computer to use throughout the year. Students will be responsible for  their Chromebook both at home and at school and will be taught how to use it to support all aspects of their learning. This will provide them with the habits and skills to smoothly transition to our student owned laptop programme in Grade 7. Grade 6 students will recieve their Chromebooks during the third week of September.

Students entering Grades 7
Grade 7 is the beginning of our student ownes laptop programme. Students entering Grades 7 have the choice of either purchasing a school selected Lenovo PC from our reseller or a MAC laptop (minimum specs - see below) to use as their primary academic tool while at the York School. All laptops must be ordered through our reseller or brought into our IT department by July 14, 2017 so we can prepare the laptops and install our York School software toolkit. Grade 7 students will receive their laptops during their in-class 'Learning with Laptops' orientation scheduled for the Friday after their first week of classes.

For detailed answers to common questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below or contact our IT Manager Kathleen Peak at kpeak@yorkschool.com.

Students entering Grades 8
Students entering Grades 8 have the choice of either purchasing a school selected Lenovo PC from our reseller or a MAC laptop (minimum specs - see below) to use as their primary academic tool while at the York School. All laptops must be ordered through our reseller or brought into our IT department by July 14, 2017 so we can prepare the laptops and install our York School software toolkit. Grade 8 students will receive their laptops during the Grade 8 - 12 'Learning with Laptops' orientation event currently scheduled for September 5, 2017 at 1:00pm at our 1639 Yonge Street Junior School campus

For detailed answers to common questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below or contact our IT Manager Kathleen Peak at kpeak@yorkschool.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which laptop should we choose for our child?
Each student comes to York with their own set of technology skills and platform comforts. As a school powered by Google Apps for Education we are able to offer students choice within a set of laptop options that support our academic programme. For students who have previous experience with PC’s and the windows operating system we recommend that they continue to solidify their skills on that platform. Should students have comfort with the MAC platform or have future aspirations to create digital music or multi-media then the MAC platform may be the better choice for them. No matter what option students choose they will all be supported the same way and all our York School software works seamlessly on both platforms.


My child wants to bring in our MacBook from home. What are your minimum recommended specs?
In order to use your MAC laptop from home it requires that we wipe it and install our York School software package on it. This software is used across the academic programme and in order for it to operate properly we recommend the following minimum specifications
Age: No more than three years old
Ram: Minimum 8 GB, 16 GB recommended
Storage: Minimum 250 GB. SSD Recommended.


My child has a York School PC laptop pass along from a sibling or friend. Can he/she continue to use it next year?
If your child's PC lenovo laptop is less than 3 years old it can be used again for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Please bring it into our IT helpdesk so we can assess it and make a recommendation.


What is the deadline for ordering laptops?
All orders should be placed no later than July 14, 2017. This will guarantee that your child's computer is ready for September. All Lenovo laptops must be purchased from our reseller, Miad Systems.  Please click the following link to place your order: http://www.miad.com/theyorkschool


When will my child receive his/her laptop?
Grade 6 students will receive their Chromebooks in late September.

Grade 7 students will be receiving their laptops in class at the end of the first week of school.
 
Grade 8- 12 students will receive their laptops on September 1st at our 'Learning with Laptops' student orientation. At this event students will be trained on how to handle and take care of their laptop as well as on-boarded onto all of our academic software and systems. September 5, 2017 at 1:00pm at our 1639 Yonge Street Junior School campus


Where should I buy the laptop?
All Lenovo PC laptops must be purchased from our reseller, Miad Systems.  Please click the following link to place your order: http://www.miad.com/theyorkschool
MACs can be purchased from the Apple Store and dropped off at the York School or ordered directly from our reseller at:  http://www.miad.com/theyorkschool


Why does this Lenovo laptop cost more than other available models?
The Lenovo T470 Ultrabook are business class models. The price includes not only a manufacturer warranty, but also the Lenovo 3 year Accidental Damage Protection Plan that covers all forms of accidental damage.  All hardware repairs are done by a certified Lenovo technician and your child is issued a loaner computer for the duration of the repair.  Repairs are typically completed within 3 business days.  The Information Technology department supports all software issues and there is never any need to take the laptop to any other service depot. Lenovo also guarantees that parts will be available for a minimum of 3 years, meaning that there is no need to upgrade the machine for at least three years.
Your child's laptop also comes fully loaded with a specially curated software toolkit that is available for use by your child until they leave the school.