In the Classroom

For the 2019-2020 school year, students and families are asked to choose any iPad or macOS laptop computer that is capable of running the latest operating system and most suitable for the student’s needs.

Students will utilize a variety of applications in the Google Apps for Education Suite, and they will manage their coursework in the Veracross learning management system. To ensure a smooth transition and experience, we have developed a set of basic requirements that each approved device should meet.

iPad Requirements
Version - iPad 4th Generation (iOS 10.3.2 or greater) with a working camera

Memory - no minimum required

Computer Requirements
Any MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air purchased new in the last three years and capable of running OS X El Capitan, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Mojave will be supported for classroom use. Students who opt for a MacBook should also have a mobile device capable of photo, video, and audio recording that can easily transfer content to the laptop.

Textbooks and Apps

The website has a large selection of eBooks; some classes will provide a teacher-authored iBook free of charge. In addition, the following complimentary apps are required:

App Cost
Google Apps for Education (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Drive Free
Keynote Free
iBooks Free
iMovie Free
Dropbox Free
Evernote Free
Scan (mobile devices) Free
Kindle Free
iTunes U Free
Pages Free

Accessing the School Network

Mercersburg’s campus has a wireless network in all academic and dormitory spaces and in most public spaces. Therefore, an iPad or MacBook with WiFi capability will be sufficient, and 3G/4G models are not necessary. All students have access to the school network via their iPad or MacBook or at computer stations and labs throughout the campus. Each dormitory has at least one computer for everyone’s use, and there are also printers for general use in public spaces throughout the campus. In addition to campus-wide Wi-Fi accessibility, dorm rooms are equipped with a wired network connection point for each student.
All devices will need to be registered using network credentials to have full network connectivity. New students will receive their network credentials during Inbound. Computers running Windows operating systems will require the installation of Symantec’s Endpoint Protection software for anti-virus/malware. Other anti-virus/malware products should be disabled or uninstalled. To facilitate the installation of the Symantec software, parental control software should be disabled prior to arrival on campus. Any device that can’t be registered manually must be brought to the Information Technology Department before it is connected to the network (e.g., networkable printers, speakers, etc.).

Email Address

All students have email accounts that are accessible from within the campus network and from the Internet. Most student email addresses are composed of the last name, first initial, last two digits of graduation year, and “” (e.g.,

Cell Phone and Internet Access

Students who have parental permission to have a cell phone and who have registered the cell phone with the Office of Student Life may use a cell phone according to guidelines that are explained at the beginning of the year and can be found in The Blue Book. Cell phone use on trips away from campus will be determined by the chaperone or faculty member accompanying that trip. Students in violation of established guidelines will have their cell phones confiscated as a minimum response.

Students may not use cell phones during required study hours or after their final check-in in the dormitory. Students who need to use the telephone during those time periods must have permission from a faculty member.

Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236