From communication to empowerment

The Upper School focuses specifically on the integration of educational technology as a tool for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking to cultivate an independent academic environment. The experience students have with technology promotes their academic achievement, effective communication, global citizenship, and lifelong learning.

Bring Your Own Device Program
Upper School students are required to participate in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program, which was created to help promote self-reliance and to ensure students are prepared for their future academic and professional pursuits. Upper School students are expected to bring their personal computing device to school every day. By having a device that meets the requirements listed below, each student will be able to participate fully in lessons and activities at school.

G Suite for Education
Poly provides each student with a Google G Suite account that provides access to educational tools and apps, including GMail, GDrive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Blogger, Forms, extensions, and more.

Each student will be responsible for:
  • Managing his or her own device;
  • Keeping the device stored safely in a school locker or other secure area when not in use;
  • Ensuring the device has sufficient battery life to be able to work through several hours of classwork and bringing a power cord if necessary;
  • Using the device appropriately and in accordance with Poly's Responsible Use Agreement;
  • Managing the installation and use of software on the device;
  • Maintaining the hardware so that the device operates as required;
  • Maintaining backups of important files to minimize the effects of accidental data loss.
Laptops: PC or Mac
(System requirements)
  • CPU-dual/multi-core — 2GHz or higher;
  • Memory — 4GB or more;
  • Hard drive — 128 GB or more;
  • Screen — 11” minimum;
  • Operating system — Windows 10 or Mac OS or newer.
Other acceptable devices
  • Chromebook made by any vendor with a minimum screen size of 11”;
  • Any tablet, including iPad, Android, Windows, with a minimum screen size of 9.7” and access to a stylus and an external keyboard. NOTE: The use of an external keyboard is required with a tablet device.

Introduction to technology in the ninth grade

Electronic Learning Fundamentals (ELF)
Designed to support the Upper School’s BYOD Program and to foster skill development in using digital tools to learn, collaborate, and communicate, E-Learning Fundamentals is a ninth-grade, year-long, pass/fail course delivered through the online Learning Management Systems (LMS). The course begins with a summer orientation workshop on campus during which students learn principles of safe and ethical use of school technology resources, core tenets of digital citizenship, email conventions, and online management practices. Students complete at least one assignment during each six-day cycle that supports projects and curricula from their core academic classes and school activities. Units of study include Google Suite tools (Blogger, Calendar, Documents, Forms, Slides, and Sites), social media literacy, introduction to computer science computational thinking, project development, team techniques, visual design elements, and effective multimedia presentations from concept through delivery. The year culminates with the completion of an electronic portfolio that showcases each student’s achievements.

Summer technology orientation workshop
(Part of the ninth-grade orientation)
For the workshop, students are required to bring the device that they plan to use during the school year. Students should have administrative rights to the computer and bring the charger and a pair of earbuds or headphones.

Additional information

Financial aid
Families receiving financial aid for 50 percent or more of the cost of tuition will receive a one-time subsidy to be used toward the purchase of an approved device. Information regarding the subsidy will be sent directly to qualifying families in July.

Student support
Student support is available to students in the Upper School Library before school every morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. (except Tuesdays), during all L periods and community time, and during most lunches. Students' free periods are available by appointment.

If you have additional questions regarding Upper School technology, the ninth-grade Electronic Learning Fundamentals Class, or the Bring Your Own Device Program, please contact Beverly Goldin, Upper School technology integration specialist.
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