Bring Your Own Device

What’s Required
Upper School

For the 2017-18 school year, students need to bring a Windows or Mac laptop daily, charged and ready to use.

  • Suggested models include
    • Mac: 13-inch MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, with Mac OS X 10.10 (“Yosemite”) or newer. We recommend a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
    • Windows: Dell XPS 13, or Asus ZenBook UX330UA. Be sure it has a minimum of 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Windows 7 or newer is required.

Financial assistance is available.

Middle School

For the 2017-18 school year, students may use an iPad Air, Air 2, iPad (5th generation), or iPad Pro (we don’t recommend the 12” model for students, though). Older iPads  are no longer acceptable.

  • At minimum, you need an iPad Air, WiFi-only, with 16GB of storage. Other features you may consider include:
    • The 4G/LTE models provide convenient access “anytime, anywhere”—but beyond the higher upfront price this comes at approximately an additional $25 a month for the service.
    • Textbooks, videos, apps and other media can take a lot of space, so 64GB or more may be desirable.
  • A protective case that covers both front and back. Note that 6th graders need a keyboard case, described below.
  • 6th Grade only: Earphones with a microphone (such as the earbuds supplied with an iPhone).
    • Some teachers require them for class activities such as watching and recording videos.
  • 6th Grade only: Protective keyboard case for iPad.

The School will publish an annual list of acceptable models, and we will make every effort to support older iPads, but in time they will need to be replaced.

How to Get One

You have several options to acquire an iPad.

  • Bring an iPad you already have. For the 2017-18 school year, iPad Air, Air 2, iPad (5th generation), and iPad Pro (we don’t recommend the 12” model for students, though) are acceptable.
  • Buy an iPad. There are lots of ways to buy an iPad, and some of them benefit Menlo directly:
  • iPads range in price from $299 for a low-end iPad model to $829 for one with cellular service and 64GB of memory. Unfortunately, there are no discounts available through Menlo.
  • Rent an iPad from the School.
    • For $250 per year, you can rent an iPad for your child from the School. The rental will include a protective case and insurance with a $100 deductible for the first loss. Please contact Eric Spross, Director of Technology, at if you are interested in this option.
  • Students on financial aid are eligible for a discount based on the percentage of tuition grant awarded. You can find more information here or contact Rose Garza in the Financial Aid Office at for details.
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  • Insurance. When you buy a new iPad, Apple offers an “AppleCare+” extended warranty that covers damage with a $49 deductible for three years; there are other options such as SquareTrade as well.
iTunes Account

If you don’t already have one, you will need to establish an iTunes account to install apps on your new iPad.

The iTunes Store gives you the ability to set allowances to manage your child’s spending. You may also want to turn off In-App purchasing on the iPad.

Purchasing Apps

Teachers will expect students to purchase apps, books and other digital materials and install them on their iPads. We will try to keep app costs to a minimum, but costs will vary from student to student.

Digital textbook options are published along with the book list in early July.