Bishop Dwenger High School is committed to teaching and learning that brings digital resources, access, expertise, and skills to our school’s historical success and development of its Twenty-First Century Learners. This blended environment allows for learning to occur beyond our school’s walls and beyond the traditional day.
Returning juniors and seniors may utilize any Windows 10 device or higher. The following IS NOT COMPATIBLE with the REQUIRED BD Image: Apple products, Chromebook, Windows Surface and computers that have Windows Vista.
All incoming freshmen/transfer students for the 2017-2018 year will purchase one of four options. These may be purchased at a vendor of the buyer’s choosing, however A+ Computers must install the image.
A+ Computers will begin imaging computers in May. All devices that need imaged MUST be brought to A+ Plus Computers NO LATER THAN July 1st.
FAQ - Your Questions Answered
WHY DID BD SELECT FOUR TYPES OF COMPUTERS? It was decided that multiple, but similar, options should be made available, so as to maintain continuity in the classroom and stay within a reasonable price-point.
WILL THERE BE ANY VALUE AFTER MY STUDENT GRADUATES? The value is contingent on the laptop’s condition. The school will give incoming freshmen the option to purchase previously used computers, starting in 2017. Bishop Dwenger High School will facilitate a computer resale through their website.
Please DO NOT contact Bishop Dwenger High School with regards to sale transactions. The school IS NOT involved in these negotiations. We are merely providing the platform for communication between parents.
PLEASE NOTE: All computers purchased via this resale will need to be reimaged at A+ Computers
WHY A+ COMPUTERS? A+ Computers is a locally owned computer store that has been in business since 1988. They are located at 4730 Parnell Ave. Phone # 260-482-7899. BD has a long-standing relationship with A+ Computers. A+ Computers has been BD’s provider of computer hardware since we put in our very first server and set of classroom computers over 20 years ago. They are local and have provided us with excellent service.
CAN I PURCHASE THE SAME COMPUTER FROM ANOTHER VENDOR? Yes, but you need to have it imaged through A+ Computers with an added cost to you.
WILL I BE ABLE TO INSTALL AND USE MY OWN SOFTWARE? Yes, you can use your computer in any way you want -- it is yours. However, be aware that if your computer would require re-imaging (reload), any data or software you installed would have to be backed up prior to the re-image.
WILL THE COMPUTERS HAVE WEB-FILTERING WHILE AT SCHOOL? Yes, we filter all internet traffic on the Bishop Dwenger campus. However, we cannot filter internet traffic when not connected to the Bishop Dwenger network.
WHY DID WE DECIDE ON COMPUTERS AND NOT TABLETS? In our research and visits to other school systems, it became evident that computers where the best option for secondary education and the BD high standard of education. Also, we wanted students to utilize Microsoft Office, which most tablets cannot run. Laptops have the ease of using a keyboard to aid in typing and notetaking.
WHAT ARE THE PURCHASE FINANCING OPTIONS? Families can pay by credit card, check, cash, or 90 days same as cash (with no additional fee). Financing is also available for 6 months ($15.00 fee) and 12 months ($30.00 fee). A+ Computers has added a 10-month payment plan. These options provide flexibility to meet the varied budgets of BD families.
WHEN CAN WE PURCHASE THE COMPUTERS? Families may purchase computers immediately. Remember, A+ Computers is prepared to start imaging computers in May. All devices that need imaged MUST be brought to A+ Plus Computers NO LATER THAN July 1st.
ARE THESE COMPUTERS ABLE TO BE USED IN COLLEGE? Yes! They belong to the student/family and can be used in college, unless the college designates a specific computer different from those required by BD.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY STUDENT’S LAPTOP NEEDS FIXED? BDHS has multiple loaner laptops available for these students to use while repairs are performed at a provider of your choice . Most repairs should not exceed 7 business days.
WHY SHOULD I BUY A SOFTWARE WARRANTY? With the possibility of an operating system corruption, file deletion, or improper download, the warranty will allow you to have the machine reset (reloaded) to the original state. The software warranty is for the full school year.
WHY SHOULD I BUY A HARDWARE WARRANTY? Accidents happen. A broken screen or damaged keyboard can be expensive. Because screen replacements can be over $100, a warranty will help alleviate charges if damage occurs. The hardware warranty is for a calendar year at the time of purchase.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PURCHASE OUR STUDENT’S LAPTOP? Visit A+ Computers at 4730 Parnell Avenue, near BD. A+ Computers is open M-F (9a - 8p) and Sat (10a - 3p). Their sales staff is familiar with the BD parameters and have samples available.
WILL OUR WARRANTY BE VOIDED IF MY STUDENT PERSONALIZES THE NOTEBOOK? Putting stickers and personal identification on a student’s notebook is within reason. It will not void the warranty.
CAN A COMPUTER BE UPGRADED? Yes. Almost all notebook computers can be upgraded. The best upgrades include upgrading the RAM (memory) and the hard drive to a SSD (solid state drive). The SSD presently is the fastest upgrade available. If interested, discuss with A+ Computers when ordering.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NOTEBOOK GETS LOST OR STOLEN? If purchased there, A+ Computers will have the serial number recorded. Also, because BD holds the MAC address, if the stolen computer is being used in Bishop Dwenger, we will be able to determine where the computer is within the school building.
WHAT IF MY FAMILY CANNOT AFFORD THE EXPENSE OF THE COMPUTER? Families who have been approved through the FACTS Grant and Aid Program will receive extra financial assistance to help with the purchase of the computers for their BD student(s).
WILL TEXTBOOK FEES BE WAIVED? No, there will always be a textbook fee as the school needs to purchase workbooks and consumables. The online textbooks have a user’s fee as well that needs to be paid for annually by the school. The difference between the paper textbook and digital textbook fees are minimal.
HOW WILL THE STUDENTS TRANSPORT THE LAPTOPS? Students will be permitted to carry laptops in backpacks throughout the day. Protective sleeves are also an option. The Spirit Shop will carry sleeves and backpacks with the BD logo on it. It is encouraged that all students have some type of bag or sleeve to protect their computer.