All students are required to bring a personal laptop/tablet pc to classes every school day. It is important to keep in mind that that the device MUST MEET OR EXCEED OUR MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS. Please be sure to review all information before choosing a laptop.
When to purchase? In many cases, you be able to take the laptop with you as you leave store, or will find many laptops online that are in stock. We recommend that if you need to order a laptop that you do so as soon as you can. DO NOT WAIT to purchase or order. The pandemic has caused disruptions in the supply chain, which may lead to very long delivery delays.
We require each new student to attend one workshop. This will help your student be ready for the first day of classes. Workshop information was emailed to parents the first week of May.
For your convenience, we have posted the letter here: BYOD Workshop Information. It includes all you need to know, including the registration link.
Workshops are on July 28 and August 3. Deadline to register is August 1, but sessions are limited and fill up quickly, so don’t delay!
Digital Drop-In July 26, 2022 | 6:00-7:30 PM
If you need help installing any of these apps, please stop by PCHS Commons for Digital Drop-in. Complete Information.
Required accessories – Please be sure your student has these items!
- Compatible stylus
- Power adapter to keep at school
- Protective sleeve
- Compatible headset (has earphones and a microphone)
Shop at Dell
We have partnered with Dell and have selected several recommended devices. Each of the devices listed meets or exceeds our minimum specifications. We encourage you to explore the options while making your decision.
You are welcome to purchase a laptop from any vendor you choose; we simply offer our Dell store as a convenience and because our experience with Dell has been excellent.
Should you have any questions, please contact Technology Director Mrs. Rosanne Grigoletti (815.717.3137).
- We have selected several recommended devices in a range of price points. You are welcome to customize and upgrade from there if you choose.
- Consider adding an extended warranty with accidental damage. Unfortunately, we have seen many broken screens in the Tech Office!
- DO NOT purchase Microsoft 365. Our school license agreement will provide your students with an Microsoft 365 account at no cost.
- If you will be ordering a laptop instead of purchasing at a store, be sure to order the student laptop as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT to purchase or order. The pandemic has caused very long delays with manufacturing and shipping.
Our Dell Online Store
- Go directly to our PCHS Dell Store to begin shopping (updated for 2022-23)
- Items are NOT bundled; be sure to add extra power adapter and protective sleeve to your order.
- You may order your device directly online. Look for devices that are in stock to avoid delays.
- Contact Jose Hidalgo with questions at Jose_Hidalgo@Dell.com. You can reach his sales team at Dell at 1-888-693-9448.
About our BYOD Program
Read the 5 goals of our BYOD Program
As a college preparatory Catholic high school, Providence Catholic focuses on skills that will help your students beyond high school and into the college or university of their choice. Preparation for college involves teaching about our Catholic faith, as well as the traditional academic disciplines such as Mathematics, English, Science, and more. Providence Catholic also incorporates the appropriate use of technology tools and devices in the educational setting. We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our students for a world in which the use of technology is not optional, but an integral part of everything they will do.
Technology has a huge impact on how students learn best, what they need to learn, and how they collaborate and express themselves in effective, engaging, and interactive ways. Successful students need not only to read, to write and to perform research. They also need to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. They need to be able to collaborate effectively and communicate to a larger audience. They must also be able to leverage digital resources, to be flexible and adaptive with rapidly emerging technologies. It is increasingly more important than ever that students be self-sufficient as they move from device to device, application to application, and environment to environment.
Providence Catholic students will acquire the skills necessary to select and use digital tools which will empower them in all areas of the learning process: research, problem solving, content creation, creativity, communication and collaboration. Our students will be trained to be innovative, to think critically, to ask questions and carefully evaluate the answers they find. They will learn to communicate with their peers, experts and others, and use creativity as they solve problems and demonstrate their learning.