High School MacBook Requirements

High school students are required to purchase and bring an Apple MacBook (laptop) to school each day. Students will have access to our content-filtered, campus-wide wireless network.

Westminster Academy provides students with access to email and collaboration tools through Google Workspace, business and productivity tools through Microsoft Office 365, storage and synchronization tools with a Managed Apple ID, and the entire suite of creative apps and services within Adobe Creative Cloud

Apple’s unique integration of software and hardware (combined with the tools above) provides students with the power and freedom to pursue the most ambitious projects, and allows teachers to make the classroom more flexible, collaborative, and personalized for each student.

High school students must have an Apple MacBook capable of running the latest operating system—soon-to-be macOS Monterey. Windows PCs, Chromebooks, and tablets are not supported. 

The Apple MacBook must meet the following specifications:

  • MacBook (2016 or newer) OR MacBook Pro (2015 or newer) OR MacBook Air (2015 or newer)
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 4-hour minimum battery life (8-hour recommended) 
  • At least 50% of disk storage available (Cloud storage is provided via Google Drive and iCloud)

We highly recommend the AppleCare+ for Mac warranty program, which can now be extended on an annual basis to provide service, support, and accidental damage coverage for all four years (and beyond).