Upper School BYOD Program

Trinity Valley School's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is designed to help students develop the digital literacy and computer skills needed for their rapidly-changing, complex, global, and technology rich future. The school's BYOD model enables students to use a device that they are most comfortable using to enhance their learning.

The upper school curriculum is designed leverage technology in ways that help each student develop a range of skills to create, evaluate, and share information clearly, efficiently, and effectively.

The following specifications only apply to students who will be attending the upper school for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year.

Please provide your child with one of the types of computing devices shown below. Other devices including iPads, Chromebooks, Smartphones and e-readers, such as Kindles, do not meet our minimum specifications.

Minimum System Specifications

Mac Laptop

Storage 256 GB HD, SSD drive


OS macOS Mojave 10.14

Min Battery Life 6 hours

Wireless Internet Connectivity (802.11n or 802.11ac)

Ports: A USB type A port or an adapter that allows for USB type A connectivity

Required Accessories Protective case/cover, headphones, current paid anti-virus protection.

PC Laptop or Tablet

Storage 256 GB HD, SSD drive


OS Windows 10, Intel Core i5 or m3 processor (or AMD equivalent)

Min Battery Life 6 hours

Wireless Internet Connectivity (802.11n or 802.11ac)

Ports: A USB type A port or an adapter that allows for USB type A connectivity

Required Accessories Protective case/cover, Headphones, current paid anti-virus protection.


Do I have to buy a new computer?

If you already own a laptop or Windows tablet with a 7” screen or larger, that meets the minimum specifications provided above, that machine is acceptable.

Are students required to bring in a personally owned device?

Yes. All students in grades 9-12 must bring in a personally owned device each day. Students are required in the same way that they are required to bring other learning materials with them, such as textbooks, pencils, notebooks, etc. This is not optional.

Who pays for the devices?

Devices are purchased, owned and maintained by students and their families.

What about the Office Suite?

You do not have to purchase Office. The Microsoft Office suite of software will be made available to your child via the school. Your child will also have access to the Google suite of software.

Does my child still need a graphing calculator?

Yes. This device will not replace the graphing calculator which is required for Algebra 2 and beyond. This requirement is spelled out in our course descriptions.

Should I purchase an extended warranty?

We strongly recommend that you purchase a warranty, from the original equipment manufacturer for the device you provide your child, at the time of purchase. We also recommend that families consider purchasing theft and hazard insurance as warranties typically do not cover abuse, theft, or accidental damage.

Are students expected to use these devices at home?

Yes. Some homework assignments will require students to use a digital device, while other assignments will not.

What about students who are on financial aid?

The school provides financial support one time for students in grades six through twelve who are either new to TVS or returning but receiving financial aid for the first time.

Are there any recommended and required accessories?

We strongly recommend a laptop with an SSD drive. We require a protective case/sleeve, earphones or earbuds. It’s also a good idea for students to have a backpack that has an internal, padded space for protecting a laptop or tablet.

What software do students need on their devices?

Anti-virus software is required for all computers running the Mac or Windows operating systems. Free versions of anti-virus software are available for both windows machines and macs.

What happens if a digital device is lost or stolen?

These types of devices are small, expensive, and easily resold. We recommend that families check their insurance policies (homeowners or renters) to see if the theft of a digital device is covered. It is also a good idea to investigate insurance from companies such as safeware. Some devices, such as iPads, come pre-loaded with a location-finding application. If your child’s device is stolen, report it to the school immediately and file a report with your local law enforcement agency.

What should students do with their devices when they are not being used?

They should store them, locked, in their locker. They should never leave their digital devices unattended while on campus. Each digital device and accessory, including charging cables, should be clearly labeled with the student’s first and last name. We also encourage the use of stickers as a way to personalize, and make it easier to identify each digital device.

Will devices be used in every class?

No. Whether a device is used for any given lesson depends upon each teacher’s learning goal and judgement about the best way to enhance and document the learning that is taking place. Digital devices are very powerful tools for engaging in scholarly work, but they are not the only powerful tools that TVS teachers use to facilitate active learning.

What if students forget their device and need it for class?

This will be handled according to each teacher’s policy. Teachers generally follow the same policy for a forgotten laptop as they do when students forget their textbooks or assignments.

What about printing?

Students may not print from their personally owned devices, but they may print from the library desktop computers according to library policies.

Are there any other recommendations regarding this purchase?

If you are purchasing a windows laptop we recommend that you purchase it from the Microsoft Store. Unfortunately, consumer windows machines purchased from big box stores frequently come bundled with software that is neither useful nor needed, and slows down the machine. Laptops purchased from the Microsoft Store do not have that type of software loaded on them. This is not an issue for Apple laptops.


Please email Larry Kahn with any additional questions. He will be happy to help.