Laptop Selection

Students in High School are required to provide their own laptops for use during school.

Minimum requirements

St. Mary’s does not specify which type of PC or operating system students must purchase. Windows and Macs are both fine choices. Instead, we specify minimum requirements that the laptop must meet. Almost any laptop purchased within the last two years will meet these specifications. Please ensure the following, however:

  • It must have modern Wi-Fi capabilities (G, N, AC and Wi-Fi 6 protocols).
  • It must have an English OS: Windows 10 or MacOS are recommended.
  • In courses where Microsoft Office is required the school provides a free copy.
  • We have Apple TVs in each classroom that allow for collaboration among the students and teachers. Any recent MacBook Air or MacBook Pro will be compatible. For Windows, a third-party utility such as AirParrot or AirMyPC is needed to use Apple TV (the school does not provide this as it is not a requirement).

At St. Mary’s we make every effort to ensure that our curriculum is suitable for either Mac OS or Windows student laptops.