Bring Your Own iPad Policy (Classes of '24 and '25)
This page only applies to the Classes of 2024 and 2025 during the 2021-2022 school year.
During the 2022-2023 school year, this page applies to the Class of 2025.
- Students and parents/guardians must adhere to the St. Louis U. High Student Handbook and in particular to the Internet Policy section.
- Each teacher has the discretion to allow and regulate the use of devices in the classroom and on specific projects.
- Students are expected to arrive at school with their personal device fully charged for the day; batteries must have enough charge for each class. Electrical outlets dedicated to charging personal devices will not be available. A charging station with a limited number of charging ports is available in the Library.
- Students are not allowed to have cell phones on their person during the day.
- Student devices must have a label with the student's name or student ID
What model of iPad should a student purchase?
Freshman and sophomore students are required to own an iPad, which must be capable of running the latest version of iPadOS. For the 2021-22 school year, the following models are acceptable:
- iPad Pro (all models)
- 3rd generation iPad Air or newer
- 6th generation iPad or newer
- 5th generation iPad mini or newer
For the 2020-21 school year, a 5th generation iPad and 4th generation iPad mini were also allowed.
For the 2019-20 school year, a 3rd generation iPad mini was also allowed.
For the 2018-19 school year, an iPad Air/Air 2 and a 2nd generation iPad mini were also allowed.
iPads may be purchased at a discount from Apple's Education store: https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/.
The iPad must have at least 32GB of storage. iPads do not need to have cellular capabilities nor will they need to be connected to a cellular plan. As of 2/16/2021, a new, 8th-generation iPad (Wi-Fi model) with 32GB can be purchased for $309 through Apple’s website (https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-10-2). Refurbished iPads that meet our specifications can be purchased for less from other sellers, so long as they meet the requirements listed above. All iPads must be running iPadOS 13 or higher in order to support Apple Classroom. Students may be required to update their iPad to a later version of iPadOS to support school apps or Apple Classroom.
How can a student identify which model iPad he has?
On the back of your iPad, in the small print, there is a Model number, which starts with an A and is followed by four digits. This link contains model numbers and their meaning:
If a student already has an iPad does he still need to purchase one?
No, as long as it meets the requirements above.
How do a student setup/use an iPad?
Apple has a number of resources for setting up and getting to know an iPad. It can be found here: https://support.apple.com/ipad
SLUH also has a Knowledge Base, which has a specific section for help with iPads: https://support.sluh.org/help/ipad
What type of case should a student buy for his iPad?
Cases are a personal choice. We recommend choosing an iPad case that fully protects the device from drop damage, specifically the corners, such as the "DUX" line from STM bags:
Does a student need to purchase a keyboard/keyboard case for the iPad?
Keyboards, like cases, are a personal choice. SLUH does not require one. If a student wants to purchase a case, we recommend the ZAGG Rugged Messenger line:
iPad 5th or 6th generation:
iPad 7th/8th generation (10.2"):
iPad Air (3rd gen) or iPad Pro 10.5":
Make sure to check that the case you purchase fits the model of iPad you own.
Does a student need an Apple Pencil?
While optional, an Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon can drastically improve note taking. Check the "Compatibility" section of each page below to make sure the device is compatible with the iPad.
Pencil Generation 1: https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/product/MK0C2AM/A/apple-pencil-1st-generation
Pencil Generation 2: https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/product/MU8F2AM/A/apple-pencil-2nd-generation
Logitech Crayon: https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/product/HNKQ2ZM/A/logitech-crayon-for-ipad
How does a student set up an ‘Apple ID’?
ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN APPLE ID.
In general, we recommend setting up an Apple ID with a personal email account. A student should use use his SLUH email address, but know that that Apple ID may become unavailable (including any purchases a student may have made) some time after he graduates from SLUH and his SLUH email account is deactivated.
To set up a new account please follow this link:
Can parents control what apps a student installs?
Yes, there is a way to set up parental controls for loading apps and making any changes to the iPad. Please follow this link for further details:
Can a parent set up spending limits on the device?
No. However, with Family Sharing a parent can turn on the Ask to Buy feature. See the following link for more information:
Will the Internet be filtered on students' iPads?
While on campus, student iPads will be filtered exactly like campus computers.
Do students need to purchase any specific apps?
Most of the apps used at SLUH are free to download. A few applications may require purchase. Here are Apple's instructions on how to download/purchase apps: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204266
These are the required apps for next year: Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Canvas by Instructure, Notability and Zoom. Individual teachers may require additional apps.
Can families opt out of the iPad program?
No. Freshman and sophomores are required to have an iPad for school use.