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Technology Requirements

Heritage Christian School recognizes the changing society we live in and that students now learn in ways different than their parents did. We embrace the importance of technology in the personal and educational lives of students. We believe that the effectiveness and efficiency of classroom teaching and student learning will increase because of this initiative. Mobile technologies enable instant access to a wealth of information, references and collaborative resources on the web. These Internet resources will support the learning activities that are a part of daily classroom instruction.

All students in grades 7-12 are required to bring a personal device for classroom use.

Requirements for Grades 7 & 8

  • iPad in one of the following models with a minimum of 16 GB and must be able to upgrade to latest iOS: iPad (10.2 inch), iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5, 11, or 12.9-inch)
  • Headphones/Earbuds

Requirements for High School (Grades 9-12)

  • iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5, 11, or 12.9-inch) with a minimum of 16 GB and must be able to upgrade to latest iOS or MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
  • Headphones/Earbuds

Data Plans

Although Apple offers iPads with data plans, this feature is NOT required. Data plans involve a monthly fee and allow "universal" and unsecured internet connectivity through a service similar to an iPhone. For these reasons, HCS recommends not purchasing a data plan. Students will be required to connect their iPad to the HCS wireless network and to disable access while on the HCS campus.

Optional Accessories

Case/Screen Protector, Wireless Keyboard

Other Recommendations

We highly recommend that individual devices be engraved (personalized) and that they be insured. Apple offers free engraving and provides Apple Care insurance. Various companies offer additional optional insurance as well. All devices should have the “Find my iPhone” app installed (free).

iPad Loan for Students

The HCS Technology department has a limited amount of devices available for students that have forgotten or damaged their personal device. Students may borrow a device as needed.

VPN and Proxy Apps

There are several apps that allow students to circumvent internet filters. Often these apps are called "privacy", "VPN", "proxy" or "secure surfing" apps. HCS does block many of these apps, however, the best way to keep these apps off a student device is for parents to restrict student access to the app store. Any attempt by students to bypass network monitoring violates HCS Policy.

Questions? Contact Admissions at admissions@heritagechristian.net or (317) 849-3441.