Rockhurst High School iPad FAQ’s

Technology Vision Statement

The world is constantly changing, rich in technology, and increasingly global in nature. In keeping with our goal of developing “men for others” and community leaders in an increasingly diverse and technology driven world, the Rockhurst learning community will be actively engaged in learning through the effective, efficient and ethical use of digital tools in the classroom and beyond.

What is a 1:1 iPad Program?

The 1:1 iPad program seeks to increase student learning by ensuring that every student and teacher in every classroom have an Internet-connected iPad. By requiring every student to have an iPad in class, Rockhurst is committing to teaching students the skills necessary to be successful in the 21 st century.

Why does Rockhurst have a 1:1 program?

Today’s students will enter a job market that is global, rich in communication, and ever changing. Therefore, today’s students need to be creative, critical thinking, communicative, and collaborative. We believe an iPad in every student’s hands helps up impart these skills while maintaining the values that have made Jesuit education relevant for over four hundred years. The principles of a Rockhurst education remain the same; only the particulars change.

Additionally, Rockhurst has committed to requiring digital textbooks. We believe and are committed to the affordability of digital textbooks, which can easily offset the cost of the iPad over four years. Digital textbooks will help save money, increase student engagement, and decrease back pain from laden backpacks.

How do I get my son an iPad?

Parents/students may purchase the iPad directly from Apple or other third-party seller. The decision to give students ownership of the iPad allows students and families to make efficient Apple’s reputable customer service and the opportunity for the student to continue his educational use of the iPad into college. Due to Apple’s restrictions on reselling its products and the limited discount from bulk purchasing, Rockhurst does not sell iPads.

Which version of  the iPad should I buy?

If you currently own a fourth generation iPad or newer, you do not need to purchase an iPad. Just beware that your son will have to carefully manage his storage and the iPad may not last all four years. If you need to purchase an iPad, we recommend an iPad Pro, iPad, or iPad Mini 4 with at least 32 GB of storage. Wi-Fi will be provided in the building, so a cellular data plan is not necessary. Additionally, we recommend a sturdy case, insurance plan, and a Bluetooth keyboard.

How do I get digital textbooks for the iPad?

Apple’s commitment to education is one reason we chose the iPad over other devices. As such, there are numerous ways to buy digital books for the iPad that still allow us to shop around and get the best price. Rockhurst uses its bulk purchasing power to negotiate cheaper prices from publishers. Families can purchase their ebooks by following weblinks on the Course Book List on the Rockhurst website.

What accessories are required?

We recommend the following accessories: a sturdy case (Griffin), Bluetooth keyboard, stylus, and extra charging cable. Talk with your son about what accessories might benefit him from an educational standpoint. For example, Beats Headphones have less educational benefit than a keyboard used for typing essays or taking notes.

If you don’t purchase a sturdy case or your son is prone to losing things, we highly recommend the purchase of an AppleCare+ warranty or insurance plan from a third party seller. With AppleCare+, Apple will replace an iPad up to two times if accidentally damaged or defective. Apple will not replace a device that is lost or stolen.

What if my son’s iPad is lost or broken?

Students are responsible for managing and caring for their own devices. If an iPad is lost or broken, the student is responsible for replacement or repair. Please consult your seller for more information about warranties and insurance plans. In the event that a student will be without an iPad at school, he can rent an iPad from the Tech Desk for ten dollars per day or thirty dollars per week.


Please review the Acceptable Use Policy in the student handbook for guidelines about how we expect the student to use the iPad. Students who use the device in non-academic ways are subject to disciplinary action.

The iPad is a classroom material. If a student forgets his iPad or fails to charge the battery, he is considered unprepared for class and subject to disciplinary action.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Brandon Jones, Educational Technologist, at or 816-363-2036 ext. 118.

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