After careful study and research, we believe that all students in a class utilizing an identical device facilitates a far superior learning environment to one where students have a hodge-podge of various devices, platforms and software programs. A goal for our technology initiative is that the devices fade into the background so that the focus is on teaching and learning, not a device. We believe this goal can best be reached when all students are working from one identical, coherent platform. To that end, we have chosen Apple devices because they offer unparalleled benefits for education. Our teachers’ long-term use of Macbooks for the last three years and our pilot device program have confirmed the benefits of Apple devices for education.

     Because these devices will be used as tools to facilitate enhanced teaching and learning, different devices will be used at different grade levels, depending on the needs of the students and the capabilities of each device.

iPad Mini

Students in grades K3 through 4th will be issued an iPad Mini 2 for use at school.  The iPad Mini 2 has a large number of educational apps and is much liked because it offers a wealth of information in an elegant and accessible format.


  • iPad Mini 2
  • 16GB
  • WIFI
  • Space Gray
  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • A7 chip
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Students need the core foundation of knowledge as well as skills that will prepare them for 21st Century citizenship. These skills include creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. While these skills are not new, they are in ever-increasing demand in a world that is more digital and more globally connected. Technology has evolved into a tool for fostering these 21st century skills. Tell me more…

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MacBook Air

All students in grades 5th-12th will be issued a 13″ MacBook Air.  The MacBook Air offers flexibility and the most capability for the creation of content in the form of documents, slide presentations, videos, and podcasts.

  • Specifications:
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Up to 12 hours battery life

Genius Bar

At Jackson Academy no one goes it alone. This is true too when it comes to technology at JA. An on campus Tech Center provides support for faculty and staff before, during, and after school. Learn more…

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MacBook Air