1:1 iPad Program Details

  • How do VC students use the iPads?
    Students use iPads in and out of the classroom to do the following:
    • Learn applications and skills such as word processing, graphic design, art design, and PowerPoint/Keynote presentations
    • Conduct research in real-time learning
    • Participate in individualized enrichment and intervention programs
    • Collaborate on projects with other students in class and across the globe
    • Use the best of what technology has to offer, specific to each grade and subject area
    What classes/grades are participating in the 1:1 iPad Program?
    The program begins at our Middle School in 7th grade and continues until 12th grade. The middle school started the program in 2012 and high school followed in 2013.   

    Cost & Purchase Information

    Families are required to purchase their iPads through Valley Christian Schools. We can accommodate mid-year or early purchases for those who wish to buy an iPad as a birthday, Christmas, or graduation gift.
    How much will it cost? 
    Is insurance included in the cost?
    Yes. AppleCare+ insurance is included for all iPads purchased through the school. 
    • What will the insurance (AppleCare+) cover?
      • AppleCare+ will cover 3 years of manufacturer warranty and accidental damage. This manufacturer warranty is extended to the charger and cable that was issued with the iPad.  (Maximum of 2 incidents and $50 service fee per incident). Theft or loss is not covered.
    Are there any financing options?
    You may either purchase the iPad upfront or choose a monthly payment program (for 10 months) for an additional $10 finance charge. This will be a “lease-to-own” program. In most cases you will receive the iPad at the Parent iPad Orientation & Distribution night the week before school begins.
    • Beginning in 2013, all iPads leased or purchased through the school will be part of AppleCare+, an extended warranty and accidental damage program through Apple.
    • At the end of the lease, you own the iPad. If you exit the program early, you will have a buyout option for the remainder of the lease. 
    Are these payments added to my tuition payment?
    Yes, monthly payments will be included in your statement.


    Will the iPads be protected online (filtered)?
    While at school, home, Starbucks, or anywhere else your student uses wifi, all web traffic on your student's iPad will go through our VCS secure network and content filter. No filter is perfect, but our filter excels at blocking inappropriate websites. 
    Of course, a content filter is no substitution for training children to flex their discernment muscles in the area of web browsing! We strive to educate and train kids how to browse in a responsible, Christ-honoring manner, and hope that you will also have conversations with your student about family values and expectations.

    How much control will the school have over the device?
    School apps and textbooks can be distributed automatically to student iPads. The school can also monitor which apps are installed by indivudual users in order to ensure adherence to school policy. Teachers will have the ability to control what apps are available for use during class. Additional controls include the ability to and remotely erase the iPad, reset restrictions, and remove the passcode. 
    Will all of the textbooks be on the iPads?
    Many of your student's textbooks will be on the iPad, but not all. In some cases it makes more sense for our students to use hard copies that the school already owns, or use a classroom set for assignments that do not require that the books are taken home. For many of the classes, though, we have both interactive textbooks and simple PDFs, again depending on the specific situation.

    Device Questions

    It is important for each family to invest in a good iPad case.  A good case will protect your iPad and greatly decrease the odds of having to go through the hassle of replacing a broken iPad and deal with potential lost homework! With Valley now offering several models and types of iPads, be sure to know the type of iPad you purchased and verify that the case will work well with that iPad.  A helpful hint: Amazon.com often has the best prices, but BestBuy will honor their prices if you bring them into a local BestBuy store!
    If you have purchased an Apple Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro (10.5" or 12.9"), the keyboard itself is a cover for the iPad. However, it does not provide corner protection if dropped. We recommend using a sleeve instead of a case for when the iPad is being transported. Amazon sells both sleeves and cases. Here is a sample sleeve with good reviews: Tomtoc 10.5" iPad Sleeve $14.99. Select the larger 13" sleeve for the 12.9" iPad Pro.

    Do I have to purchase a specific case?
     Not exactly, but we highly recommend meeting these requirements:
    • The case should provide significant protection for all 4 corners and edges of the iPad.
    • The case shoult close securely and not be prone to opening by accident.
    • The front corners and rim of the case should keep the iPad glass from resting flat on a table when placed face down.
    • Front protection and/or screen covers are optional but can be beneficial. Unfortunately, cheap screen covers sometimes negatively affect the touch sensitivity of the iPad screen. 

    Here is a sampling of cases that meet most or all of the requirements above:
    iPad Pro 12.9" Cases:

    • Gumdrop Droptech - $59.99. This case is compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard and very durable.
    • Logitech Create - $108-119. Includes a keyboard that uses the smart connector, good reviews. 
    • KHOMO Companion Cover - $12.95. Compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard and a best seller on Amazon; iffy corner protection.
    • Otterbox (search Amazon) 
    iPad Pro 10.5" Cases:
    iPad 9.7" Cases: 
    Other models iPad Air, Air 2, and iPad Mini Cases: 
      • Search Amazon for "iPad Case" and specify your exact model (eg, iPad Air 2... not iPad 2).  Be sure to select the correct case when ordering online.
    If my student would like to use a Bluetooth keyboard*, do you have any recommendations?
    We have found that most students become quite adept at using the digital keyboard on the iPad, but some students may want physical keys to type on. Here is a list of recommended BlueTooth Keyboards (by no means exhaustive):
    • Apple's Magic Keyboard ($99-Apple) This is a solid keyboard that does not require batteries, instead, it is charged with a lightning cable.  This is a full-size keyboard.
    • Microsoft's Universal Foldable Keyboard ($70-ish at Amazon)  It has a lot of great reviews online and is very compact and easy to take with them in their backpacks.  It has a built-in rechargeable battery (but uses a unique cable to charge it).  It is a full-size keyboard. 
    • iClever Foldable Keyboard - Like the Microsoft Keyboard, this one is full-size and folds up for easy storage. ($29.99-Amazon).

    *NOTE: the Apple Smart Keyboard & cover, which is compatible ONLY with iPad Pro models, is not a bluetooth keyboard -- it physically connects to the iPad. See the Apple website for more details.

    If a new model comes out after school starts, can my son or daughter use the new model instead?
    Valley requires all iPads to be purchased through the school.  If you would like to purchase a new iPad at any point during the year, please complete the iPad order form here:  www.vcschools.org/ipadorder.  Please consult the technology team and realize that moving content to a new device can be time-consuming.

    How can I learn more?
Last Modified on August 8, 2017