1:1 iPad program

SMR is committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology and using technology to enhance teaching and learning. To prepare students to take their place in a world that is increasingly global and continually changing, SMR developed the 1:1 iPad program; established a student, faculty and parent portal; and created a 100 percent Wi-Fi-enabled campus.

Our 1:1 iPad program fits the mission of SMR in promoting individualized student growth by providing a tool in which every student’s learning can be personalized. The iPad provides students with an educational hub for their schedule, email, events, course discussion groups and grades.

All students are required to purchase an iPad for daily use at school.

All courses offer the option of ordering eBooks. For more information about ebooks, please contact Julie Bryner: Julie.Bryner@smrhs.org or 301-373-4179 for more information.

For additional information on the 1:1 iPad initiative, please contact Dean of Academic Technology, Mr. Jason DeLucco: jason.delucco@smrhs.org or 301-475-7664.

Does the device have to be an iPad?

Yes, the tablet device must be an iPad. This policy ensures that all students will have access to the same apps and the same learning environment.

The iPad provides the most flexibility and greatest variety of apps for educaitonal use. Apple also has a long track record working with educational institutions.

Does SMR sell iPads for student use?

No, you may purchase an iPad on your own.


iPads are available online from Apple (Search for St. Mary's Ryken in the "Find Your School" box.) and from a variety of stores and online retailers.

What type of iPad should I buy?

The iPad Air 2 or the newest available model with 64 GB (Wi-Fi only model) is the preferred option. A durable case and a warranty are highly recommended. For whichever model you choose, please make sure it has at least 64 GB* of memory due to the size of digital textbooks. The iPad mini and iPad Pro are also acceptable.


My kid isn't exactly the most careful person, what happens if the iPad gets broken?

From the Apple website: "Every iPad comes with one year of hardware repair coverage and 90 days of telephone technical support. AppleCare+ for iPad gives you two years of repair coverage and technical support from the original purchase date of your iPad. And it adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to handling of your iPad, each subject to a $49 service fee plus applicable tax."

If your iPad is damaged or out for repairs, SMR will loan an iPad for daily use. There is a nominal daily fee.

What type of restrictions are placed on the iPads?

The SMR Wi-Fi network has internet content filters in place to keep students from straying to and logging on to potentially harmful sites.

On the iPads, SMR places the Airwatch app. Airwatch allows SMR to configure the SMR Wi-Fi settings, email address settings (school email only), push apps out to the devices and find a device that has been lost.

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