We realize that not all families will be in a position to immediately purchase an Apple laptop.
To give families time to acquire an Apple, ACST will offer loaner MacBook Pros (laptops) for use for the 2018-19 school year. These devices will be on long-term loan to the family. The family takes responsibility for the device and the student carries the device back and forth between school and home.
This program will end in June 2019.
Families choosing the loaner option will need to turn machines back into the school during the summer months.
What computer will be loaned to students? A 2012 MacBook Pro. The computers will be refurbished; this means each will have a 128G solid state hard drive, 8G RAM, and a new battery. Despite the age, these are quite good machines, and we expect to get two more years of use out of them. Each machine will have a protective outer case to help protect them.
How do I reserve a loaner laptop? In Spring, a survey will go out for people to reserve loaner laptops. Participating families will receive details about the program and pick up (August 2017).
What are my financial obligations? The machines are loaned from August to June for no cost to ACST High School families who are unable to secure their own Apple laptop.
What happens in the event of loss or theft? The family will assume responsibility for the laptop. If it is lost or stolen, the family must pay the replacement cost (approx 550USD for the laptop, 50USD for the charger). If the computer is damaged intentionally or from neglect, the family will have to pay repair or replacement costs. Normal repairs (wear and tear) will be taken care of by the school.
When do families return laptops to school? At the start of each summer and anytime the student is no longer enrolled in the school.
“I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”