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iPad Program Information

Students at Mercy Academy all receive iPads when they enter as Freshmen. Students are responsible for keeping a case on their iPads at all times. The Class of 2021 will receive the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 64GB model (released on June 5, 2017).

Suggested cases for 10.5-inch iPad (Class of 2021)

Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case for 10.5 inch iPad Pro

Supcase Rugged Protective Case

Belk Leather Folio Case

Here are some suggested cases for 9.7 inch iPad models.

Various Zagg Keyboard Cases

Incipio Faraday Folio Case

Supcase for iPad Pro 9.7 in

Any questions not answered below can be directed to Mercy’s Director of Instructional Technology, Stephanie Heitz, at sheitz@mercyjaguars.com.

Mercy iPad FAQ

What will the iPad cost?

These examples are based on Apple’s current education pricing and may fluctuate. Total expected cost is $675 for the iPad and AppleCare insurance. A deposit of $100 is due at time of registration for the 2018-2019 school year with the remainder to be added into the tuition payment plan.

As with our tuition, there is no interest charged for the iPad, regardless of how you pay.

Tuition Payment Plan

Payment Amount

Payment Due

1 Payment



3 Payments


July, October, February

11 Payments


Monthly, July-April

What model of iPad will my student receive?

For the 2017-2018 school year, students receive the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Wi-Fi only with 64 GB storage, Space Grey in color. This iPad was released on June 5, 2017.

If a student already owns an iPad, do they have to buy one from Mercy?

Yes. By purchasing the iPad from the school it allows us several benefits:

AppleCare+ allows for up to two replacements for accidental damage.

Schools can purchase apps in bulk for half the price you can get it in the App Store.

Mercy can monitor and maintain your iPad through a Mobile Device Management system. It allows the teachers to send class resources to the students and the Mercy Technology Department to send apps directly to a student’s iPad.

May teachers require students to purchase apps for their class?

Teachers have a review process before adopting an app for a particular class. Emphasis will be on apps that can be used over multiple classes and free apps will be used whenever possible. Most paid apps will be purchased in bulk at a reduced cost and send to a student’s iPad through the Mobile Device Management System at no additional cost to students. The apps that students must purchase will be very minimal.

When will students receive their iPads?

Students will receive their iPad during iPad orientation in August. Parents and students will need to sign an acceptable use policy before taking it home.

Do I have to have WiFi at home for the iPad to work?

Many features of the iPad will work without WiFi, for example, the Algebra 1 and Biology books. Students will need access to WiFi to turn in assignments on Schoology.

How will Mercy monitor and control the devices?

Mercy has a Mobile Device Management system that will allow the school to install apps, as well as maintain certain settings and disable features that students will not need. The Internet while at school will be monitored and certain categories of websites will be blocked while at school.

While at home, how should parents monitor and control internet access and device?

Parents should monitor the student’s use while at home. The internet blocks in place at school do not carry over to your home wireless network. Please monitor your daughter’s use while at home.

Do I need an iTunes account? May students load apps they want for personal use?

Each student will be required to set up their own Apple ID. They will use this to enable iCloud and the “Find my iPad” feature in case it is lost or stolen. Students should also backup their iPad to iCloud. Students may download limited numbers of personal apps as long as they do not interfere with educational material needed. All apps needed for school should be easily accessible on the first few screens.

Can students put their own music and movies on the iPad?

Yes. Students may load their own media to the iPad as long as it doesn’t interfere with the educational material. This media should be limited and not fill the storage of the iPad. If an educational app or textbook is needed, the student may have to delete personal media from the iPad in order to install it

How do I print from the iPad?

At school, students will need minimal printing due to the digital sharing of files between students and teachers. There are printers in the Learning Commons and Study room accessible to students. iPads can only print from certain AirPrint capable printers. Printing will not be expected or required at home.

What does the warranty and insurance cover?

AppleCare+ covers all non-functioning iPads and cables for two years. It also covers accidental damage (up to two incidents) at a charge of $49 each incident, for two years.

What if my iPad isn’t working properly or accidentally broken?

If a student’s iPad isn’t working, she should bring it to the Technology Office, located in the Learning Commons, for evaluation. In many cases the problem can be solved here at school. If not, students and parents can take the iPad to the Apple Store for replacement. Apple uses the serial number on the iPad to verify the warranty and no documentation is needed from Mercy to use the warranty. Defective devices are replaced without charge and you are allowed up to two replacements for accidental damage at a cost of $49 each incident during the warranty period.

Will the data be lost if my iPad needs to be replaced?

No, as long as students keep the suggested settings. With iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox, the students will be taught how to backup their device and store documents to access from any iPad or computer.

What should I do if my iPad is lost or stolen?

Students should notify Mercy’s Director of Instructional Technology, Stephanie Heitz, immediately. We will use the “Find my iPad” feature in an attempt to recover it. Replacement of the device will be the responsibility of the parents, however, many homeowners policies will cover a stolen iPad.

Will we need to purchase additional accessories with the iPad?

Students will be expected to keep a protective case on the iPad at all times which protects the front, back and sides of the device. Students will also be expected to carry with them a set of earbuds. They may choose to purchase a Bluetooth keyboard and/or stylus, but these are not mandatory.

Will the student be able to use electronic books in place of regular textbooks?

In some courses, Mercy has adopted the use of electronic books. As new electronic books enter the market, we will evaluate the use in each course. We strive to use the best educational materials possible for each course whether they are paper or electronic.

Will students still use computers?

Students need to be comfortable using whatever piece of technology is accessible to them. For this reason, we will still use Macs and PCs in some courses and computers will still be available on a limited basis for students to use during Study.

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