Academics

iPad Program

In December of 2013, we enthusiastically announced the rollout of the St. Mary's 1:1 iPad Program. Each day, students in grades 6-8 come to school with personal iPads to instantly access educational resources, produce authentic content, and collaborate with peers and experts. The opportunity for students to have access to such a powerful educational tool on a consistent basis has only enriched the learning experiences at St. Mary's.

We are truly excited about the increased access to information, educational resources, and creative possibilities this program will offer our students. Watch the video below to see how students are already using these tools to enhance their learning experiences at St. Mary's.

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Why are we using iPads in the classroom?

We have determined iPads are the best learning device for the following reasons:
  • variety of apps to meet individual students' learning and productivity needs
  • its capacity as an eReader for digital texts
  • its capacity for digital handwriting
  • more portable, less expensive than laptops
  • less of a face-to-face barrier than laptops
  • instantaneous access
  • long battery life (10-hr with full charge)
  • intuitive interface
  • it is the dominant device already chosen by our students and is becoming ubiquitous in education
  • our teachers and students have been using iPads from our school carts since September 2013 and are very comfortable with implementation opportunities iPads offer in the classroom

Program Specifics

  • Every student in grades 6-8 will be required to bring a version of the Apple iPad to school each day.
  • iPad Air models are recommended for the 2017-18 school year; cases, headphones, and styluses are mandatory. Other accessories, such as keyboards, are optional.
  • Cost for a new full-sized 32 GB iPad Air and mandatory accessories is roughly $450 ($100 less for iPad Mini). See FAQ's for optional warranty and insurance information.

Questions? Contact Us

For general iPad program questions, contact ESiPadHelp@stmarysannapolis.org. Depending on the nature of your message, an administrator or member of our IT Department will respond accordingly.
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.