Technology at Notre Dame Prep centers on the belief that sensible technology—that is technology that advances learning goals—can enhance teaching, motivate learning, and prepare students to meet the technological demands of higher education and the workplace. Faculty and students use technology to develop meaningful 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Throughout our campus-wide wireless environment, the integration of technology is woven into the NDP curriculum, and students receive a state-of-the art education adaptable to whatever path their lives take after graduation.
In 2006, the NDP Upper School became a fully implemented wireless laptop learning environment. To that end, all incoming grade nine students are required to have fully operational laptop-equivalent devices running either Apple OSX or Microsoft Windows). Each January, the minimum requirements for hardware and software are published.
Students may purchase their own device meeting the published minimum requirements or they may purchase through the NDP Technology Purchase Program. Annually, NDP offers a vetted Microsoft Windows device for purchase as a cost of approximately $1,200. Purchasing through NDP’s program includes full hardware and software on-site Help Desk support from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, on-site manufacturer hardware replacement parts (usually within 24 hours turn-around), a laptop loaner program, and all software upgrades for Microsoft products while the student is enrolled at NDP.
In addition, all incoming 9th and off-grade Upper Level students are required to attend one of two, three-day summer Laptop Camp and Orientation sessions in preparation for high school, regardless if they purchased their devices through NDP’s program or not. These sessions are filled on a first-come first-served basis.