Laptop Program

Students in grades six through twelve are required to bring a laptop computer to school. A laptop computer allows students access to the Pine Crest network on both campuses. Our extensive wireless networks provide a robust technology support system within a learning environment.

The laptops we recommend and support in our laptop service center include:

 
Service Center

Pine Crest's Laptop Service Centers have facilities on both the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale campuses. Students can purchase, repair, and, if needed, rent laptops while theirs are being repaired. Certified repair technicians are available Monday through Friday, year round from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on each campus.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What grades use laptops at Pine Crest School?

    Students in Grades 6 - 12 are required to use their own laptop computer at school.
  • Will the laptops be used in each class every day?

    Most days, but use of the laptop in class will depend on the content area and the appropriateness of technology for the lesson being taught. It is expected that the type and frequency of use will vary according to the curriculum. Laptops in the classroom can help to improve students' writing as well as allow for spontaneous, student directed learning through Internet research, data collection and analysis, and multimedia presentations.
  • What type of laptop should I purchase for my child?

    Parents are recommended to purchase either the suggested Dell Latitude E7470 Ultrabook, Apple MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Microsoft Surface Pro 4 model. Please refer to the Laptop Guide for specific details.
  • Do I have to purchase the laptop recommended by the school?

    We strongly recommend that families purchase the laptop through the school's laptop purchase program. Classroom instruction using technology is more effective when all students work with the same tools; consistency and compatibility reduce the possibility of confusion and wasted class time. If you decide to purchase another type of laptop, please be aware there are required minimum hardware and software standards and different service and rental charges (see the Laptop Guide).
  • What happens if the laptop does not work or is accidentally damaged?

    Pine Crest School has a Laptop Service Center on each campus. The Service Center can help resolve both hardware and software problems. The staff coordinates on-site repairs with the manufacturer’s warranty to cover hardware defects. An accidental damage policy is recommended to cover any accidental damage. In the event that a laptop needs to be shipped away for repair, the student will be able to use a "loaner" laptop.
  • In addition to laptops, what other technology tools are available to students?

    Students have campus email accounts and password access to the school’s network, which provides use of Internet websites, online textbook resources, online library resources, and multimedia programs.
  • Will my laptop work on my home network and the school network?

    If your home network consists of a broadband connection and a wireless router (802.11b,g compatible), the router needs to be set to assign Dynamic IP Addresses (DHCP). This will allow the student laptop access to a home network in a similar fashion to the school's network. Further configuration may be necessary based on equipment, vendor, software, or topography.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Boca Raton: 561-852-2822
Fort Lauderdale: 954-492-4191