Senior School Laptop Programme

Students entering the Senior School
Grades 9 - 12 students (new or returning) wishing to purchase a new computer, can choose from a school selected Lenovo PC model or any MAC laptop (for minimum specs, see below). Returning students must have their older Lenovos imaged before they can claim their new machine.

All Lenovo models must be purchased through our reseller, Miad. MacBooks can be purchased either through our reseller or directly from Apple. MacBooks purchased from Apple need to be brought to the I.T. department to have school software installed. MacBook and Lenovo computers will be ready for pick up during the Grade 8 - 12 Laptop event in September.

For detailed answers to common questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Kathleen Peak, I.T. Manager, at

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which laptop should we choose for our child?
Each student comes to The York School 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 PCs and the Windows operating system, we recommend that they continue to solidify their skills on that platform. If students are comfortable 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 a MacBook from home. What are your minimum recommended specs?
In order to use your MAC laptop, it must be wiped and installed with our York School software package. This software is used across our academic programme. 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 passed 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. Please bring it into the I.T. helpdesk so we can assess it and make a recommendation.

My child has a York School laptop. Can he or she continue to use it next year?
If your child's laptop is less than 3 years old, it can be used again. It is strongly recommended that students with Lenovo laptops more than three years old purchase a new laptop. All Lenovo laptops must be purchased from our reseller, Miad Systems.

What is the deadline for ordering laptops?
For 2017-2018, all orders should be placed no later than July 14, 2017 to guarantee that your child's computer is ready for September. All Lenovo laptops must be purchased from our reseller, Miad Systems. Please click here to place your order.

When will my child receive his/her laptop?
Grade 8- 12 students will receive their laptops at our 'Learning with Laptops' student orientation in September. At this event, students will be trained on how to take care of their laptop and will be on-boarded onto all of our academic software and systems.
Learning with Laptops: September 5, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 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 here to place your order. MACs can be purchased through Miad, or directly from the Apple Store and dropped off at The York School.

When can my child get his/her laptop imaged?
All laptops must be imaged before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Over the summer, imaging will take place at I.T. located at our Junior School Campus at 1639 Yonge Street.

Why does this Lenovo laptop cost more than other available models?
The Lenovo T470 Ultrabook is a business class model. 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 will be issued a loaner computer for the duration of the repair. Repairs are typically completed within 3 business days. The I.T. 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.