BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) FAQs

We are committed to keeping you informed; you can find a dynamic list of FAQs at http://www.theoakridgeschool.org/Learn21. If you have a question that you don’t see below or need further assistance, please contact Matt Knauf or Michelle Vaughn.

What device should I get?

Since almost all the work students perform at school is platform neutral, you have choice for your child’s computer. The laptop simply needs to meet the requirements below which can be fulfilled with a PC or Macintosh. Chromebooks, iPads eReaders, Android or Windows RT do not meet the minimum requirements for our BYOL. Students are permitted to bring and use these secondary devices at the discretion of the faculty, but they should have their primary device at all times as well.

What are the minimum requirements for my laptop?

The vast majority of new laptops will meet our minimum requirements:

  • Windows or Macintosh operating system
  • Wi-Fi access to the internet
  • Minimum 4-hour battery life
  • Adobe Flash capable
  • Microsoft Office, TI Inspire Software
  • Virus, malware and spyware protection (current versions with automatic updates)

What are requirements for colleges so I can be prepared?

After reviewing multiple university websites we have come up with the following Minimum and Recommended specs for those who would like more guidance in purchasing their student’s device.

PC Hardware

Minimum

Preferred

PC Operating System

Windows 10
Professional (64 bit)

Windows 10
Professional (64 bit) or later

Processor

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7

Memory

4-8GB RAM

16GB RAM

Hard Drive

250GB Drive or 128GB Solid State Drive (SSDs are preferred)

256-500GB Solid State Drive or more

Macintosh

MacBook Air

MacBook Pro

Warranty

Extended Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection highly recommended on any computer

Extended Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection highly recommended on any computer

University Resources

Northwestern 
Oklahoma State
Stanford
TCU
Texas A&M 
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin

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