The CSS Upper School utilizes a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program. Like a 1:1 technology integration program, students are expected to have access to an electronic device (tablet with a keyboard, chromebook, netbook, or full laptop computer) in each of their classes on a daily basis

This program allows Upper School students and teachers the flexibility to create and collaborate at a moment’s notice. When students have access to powerful, networked devices in every class, there are no barriers to accessing research databases, digital notes and documents, and collaborative projects. Learning in a “connected” environment is great preparation for the fast-paced and highly networked academic environments students will encounter in colleges and universities.

Device capacities

At the most basic level, student devices need to be able to:

  • Connect to the internet wirelessly
  • Run apps (either on a hard drive or in the cloud) to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Login to the Google apps suite
  • Capture photos, video, and audio

Below is a range of acceptable general categories of devices listed from least expensive and simplest to most complicated. If you desire specific recommendations, there is a list on the CSS BYOD handbook website or you may email Joe Thomas ( on the CSS Tech Team.

PLEASE NOTE: With significant advance notice, students can lease chromebooks from CSS for a nominal yearly fee that includes insurance.

  • Tablets with external keyboards: limited in the their capacities but meet the basic requirements
  • Chromebooks: restricted in their capacity to download and run complicated applications but also meet the minimum standard of BYOD at CSS. Chromebooks are defined as a thin, client laptop that is configured with the Chrome operating system (Chrome OS). Because the only software application that Chrome OS can run locally is the Google Chrome browser, a Chromebook is often described as a browser-in-a-box.
  • Netbook: smaller notebooks optimized for low weight and low cost — netbooks omit certain features (e.g. the optical drive), have smaller screens and keyboards, and offer reduced computing power when compared to a full-sized laptop.
  • Recent Windows and Mac laptops: represent the highest level of memory, processing speed, and power, and therefore the highest level of native graphics, photo/video manipulation. While these devices are beyond the minimum requirements, they are the most flexible and powerful.