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Digital Learning Initiative

Digital learning enhances student critical thinking and problem solving capabilities, as well as supports self-directed learning. This program will teach our students how to engage responsibly in a digital environment and strengthen their 21st century skills such as understanding the ethical use of technology, accountability, social responsibility and personal productivity. It supports creativity and innovation, communication and information skills, as well as global awareness and civic literacy. Acquiring this knowledge and developing these skills will better position our students for their future college years and beyond.

Using iPads will allow us to replace some of the textbooks with iBooks and e-books, lightening the load students must carry with them every day. Additionally, it will reduce the cost spent on textbooks, which may offset the cost of the iPad over the course of four years of high school. Students will be able to access original documents, videos and other curriculum materials at anytime from anywhere inside the school and outside, too, which facilitates anywhere–anytime learning. These iPads provide a way for students and teachers to engage in an interactive, student-centered learning environment.

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, all students are required to have their own iPad.

iPAD Lease To Own Program
Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year are no longer being accepted.

  • Who is eligible?

    The Lease to Own program is available for students who receive tuition assistance and any other student determined to be eligible by the Principal.

  • How the Program Works?

    Fenwick will obtain from a third party leasing company iPads which will in turn be leased to families for a period of one or two years. The Lease to Own program includes insurance that will cover damage, lost or stolen iPads.


    A parent of a child who qualifies will agree to pay to Fenwick High School twenty monthly payments of $40.00 for a period of two years or 10 monthly payments of $80.00 for one year. At the end of the payment plan, Fenwick will turn over ownership of the iPad to the respective parent for a payment of $1.00. If a student leaves Fenwick before the end of the lease program, the parents have the option of buying out the lease or returning the iPad to Fenwick.

    The Lease to Own Application can be obtained from the Technology Office or download following the link below. In order to insure that the school can secure iPads for this program, please notify us as soon as possible by submitting the Lease to Own Application.

  • Who owns the iPad?

    Until the parent/guardian buy out the lease from the school, the iPad is the property of Fenwick High School.

    Lease to Own Application

Lease to Own Application


Your iPad like a mobile phone is an expensive electronic item and should not be left unattended.

Be sure to purchase Insurance or be sure that it is covered on your homeowner's policy. If a student leaves their iPad in their locker, they must be sure to lock the locker. 

Applecare+ is an extended warranty that covers only two instances of damage. It does not cover lost or stolen iPads.

Loaner Program

If your iPad has been lost, stolen or damaged, you can request a loaner iPad from the Technology Office. Please follow the following steps:

Obtain a Loaner iPad Application form from the Technology Office or from the link below.

Fill out all the requested information. Both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the form.

Bring the completed form to the Technology Office along with $35 (cash or a check made payable to Fenwick High School) for the use of a loaner iPad for a maximum of three weeks.

When you receive your new or replaced iPad, return the loaner iPad to the Technology Office as soon as possible.

Loaner iPad Application


  • Who is required to get an iPad?

    All students must have their own iPad beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

  • What if we cannot afford to purchase an iPad?

    Fenwick will be offering a purchasing plan for families who receive tuition assistance and who are interested in purchasing their iPads on an installment basis over a one- or two-year period. A financing cost and insurance requirement will be associated with this option. Please see the Purchasing Plan on the website.

  • How will the iPad be used in the classroom?

    Classroom use will vary by subject. We anticipate the iPad replacing many textbooks in the classroom, serving as a simulation platform for science classes and acting as a student’s primary interface to email and web activity.

  • Which iPad should my student purchase?

    It is recommended that you purchase an iPad 3 or later with a minimum of 32 GB of memory. 

    It is also recommended that your iPad have a hard case to protect it from damage.

  • What accessories come with the iPad? What additional accessories are required? What are recommended?

    All iPads come with a power adapter and a Dock Connector to USB Cable.

    A more industrial strength cover is recommended (e.g., Otterbox, NewTrent). Additionally, students may want to purchase a keyboard for easier typing.

  • Can I bring a device other than an iPad into school?

    Students are required to bring an iPad. Our program is tailored to using texts and applications that are most effective on iPads.

    Students may bring laptops to school, however laptops and personal smart phones will not be allowed on the Fenwick Wi-Fi network.

  • Can I share my iPad with a sibling or another?

    No, the iPads will be required throughout the school day and sharing will significantly limit effectiveness of the program. However, books and apps may be purchased on an iTunes account that shares content across devices.

  • How do I connect my iPad to the Fenwick Wi-Fi?

    Over the summer, all freshmen will be required to attend one session in which the Fenwick Technology staff will help students connect to our building’s Wi-Fi, setup their Fenwick email and other appropriate apps and discuss iBook or eBook options. Other students, with new iPads, may also attend a session. We will hold several sessions over the course of the summer. Dates for these sessions will be posted on the website.

  • How will my student learn how to use the iPad?

    During the summer, while the student is setting up their iPads for the Fenwick Wi-Fi, sessions will be available for those students who need assistance in learning how to use the iPad. Webinars are available on the website.

  • How do I get the needed apps and/or iBook’s on my iPad?

    Apps are available for purchase through the App Store, which comes standard as part of the Apple environment. Students will be given a list of apps that they must load on their iPad. Fenwick will have a list of required apps per subject, which will vary in price. Many of the apps we intend to use are available at no cost, e.g., calculators.

  • Will all books be electronic?

    No. However, Fenwick is working hard to move to electronic books in all areas. This rollout will take several years and is dependent on teachers, availability of e-texts etc.

  • Will students still have to or be able to use hardcover textbooks?

    Students may use hardcover books if they prefer. However, the iPad will be required for other classroom activities (e.g., simulations, web access, etc.)

  • Will my student need to purchase a calculator?

    Yes, calculators are required for math and science. Familiarity with a calculator is paramount to ACT/SAT performance and math and science testing.

  • What can I do to prevent loss/theft/damage to my iPad?

    The iPad like their cell phone are expensive electronic items and should not be left unattended. If a student leaves their iPad in their locker, they must be sure to lock the locker.

    Purchase Insurance or be sure that it is covered on your homeowner's policy.  Fenwick is working with Worth Avenue Group to provide insurance for iPads at a very reasonable cost. See the website at for more information. 

    Applecare is an extended warranty that covers only two instances of damage. It does not cover lost or stolen iPads.

    Also, make sure to download the app, “Locate my iPad” and install it on the iPad. If the iPad is ever lost or stolen, this application allows messages to be sent to the device, an alarm to sound, and a map to show the location of the device.  (See Screencast for additional directions and information.)

    To prevent damage, students should be mindful of how they carry and store the device. Also, a case of the student’s choice is recommended.

  • What should I do if the iPad is damaged, lost or stolen?

    If your iPad is damaged, lost or stolen be sure to follow the procedure outlined in the hand out found on the website.

  • If my iPad is in for repair or if it is lost, what can I do until I get a new iPad?

    Fenwick provides loaner iPads at a cost of $35 for a maximum of three weeks for students that loose, damage or have their iPad stolen. If students are in a situation where a loaner iPad should be issued, both parents and the student are to sign the loaner agreement found on the website.

  • Can I print directly from my iPad to the school printers?

    Printing to school printers from an iPad is available. Students should check their Fenwick email for instructions on printing from their iPad.

  • What happens if my student forgets to charge their iPad?

    Maintaining the iPad and charging the iPad is the responsibility of the student. Failure to come to school with a charged iPad may result in an inability to participate in classroom activities. Consequences will vary from class to class.

  • Is there a way to charge iPads at school?

    Students should be sure that their iPads are fully charged each day when they come to school. There are electrical plugs in the entryway and throughout the school if needed.

  • Will students be able to back up information on the network? Is their data protected?

    There are several cloud storage apps which students may use to back up their documents, e.g. iCloud, Google Docs, skydrive.


Ernesto Nieto

Director of Technology Services

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