D-E Bring Your Own Computer Policy

Please note that this policy is a work in progress and is subject to change at any time without notice.

Upper School Students are encouraged to purchase their computer through the school. This is the best way to ensure that it is configured to operate properly on our network and to ensure that it has all of the software that a student will require. It also allows us to perform repairs efficiently on campus should anything go wrong.

However, we realize that purchasing a computer from the school is not the best solution for every student. To best meet the needs of all of our families, we also allow students to use a computer that they have purchased from outside of school provided it meets our minimum specifications and software requirements (See Below).

While our Computer Services Department makes all reasonable efforts to support students with personal devices, families should be aware that there are limits to the level of support that the school can provide for a student’s personal machine.

Below is a list of things the Computer Services Department often does for students with SCHOOL-SUPPLIED computers. Our ability to do these things for students who bring their own computer may be limited.

Loaner Machines

When you buy a machine through the school, the purchase price includes a small amount to help buy loaner machines. If you bring your own machine, we will still issue you a loaner if you need one for a cost of $5.00 per day.

Preparing a Student Computer for School

Parents and students must bring their computer to the Taub Center in the first week of August in order to ensure that it is ready for the start of school. We will join the student’s machine to our network and install network printers on the machine. We will also review the device to ensure that it is working properly so that each student starts off the school year with everything functioning properly.

Please note that machines must be free of viruses and spyware before the Computer Services department will join them to the school network. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that machines are in good working order before bringing them to be joined to the network.

Before the start of school, parents and students must also install Microsoft Office and Logger Pro on their computer. Instructions can be found here.

Minimum requirements for student computers --

Most computers purchased within the past three years should meet these requirements. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Helpline at (201) 227-3177 or visit us in the Taub Center on the second Floor of the library. Note that these are MINIMUM not recommended requirements.

Minimum

Recommended

Hardware

  • Processor -- Core i5 Processor
  • RAM -- 4GB
  • Hard Drive -- 60GB
  • Protective Case

Hardware

  • Processor -- Core i5 Processor
  • RAM --8GB
  • Hard Drive -- 128GB
  • Protective Case
  • 5 Hours of Battery Life

Software

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 Pro (Home versions of Windows are NOT acceptable.
  • Mac OS X Yosemite
  • Chrome Web Browser
  • Computer Services will supply installation instructions for various school-licensed software.
  • You do NOT NEED TO PURCHASE Microsoft Office

Software

  • Win 10 Pro or Latest Version of Mac OS X
  • Chrome web browser

A final note of caution...

Please note that the features that make for a good gaming machine (dedicated video card, very fast processor) do not necessarily make for a good school machine. These features tend to reduce battery life and create distractions from study and school work. Parents and students are urged to maintain a machine for SCHOOL-WORK ONLY.