Most of the textbooks are in a digital format and will be distributed to the iPads the first week of school. Students should not purchase digital texts before school begins. Students will be charged a fee at registration to pay for digital books (books average about $30).
In addition to the digital text, most language classes and some science courses will also have a paper lab manual or a workbook. These will also be included in the fee model and distributed during the first week of school. There are a handful of courses where the book was not available in the digital format. Click here for the list of those required texts. Students should purchase these books from the bookseller of their choice.
Please be aware that once digital books are distributed, they cannot be returned. Students should review their schedules carefully before books are distributed, as not all fees will be refundable if a student decides to transfer classes.
While we will use iPads and e-textbooks as an important part of our entire 1-1 program, students will still read paperbacks in English, and all JHS students will have a high-quality paper edition of the Bible. As Tom Daccord puts it, beyond the convenience and interactivity of e-texts, “the iPad supports essential skill areas—complex communication, new media literacy, creativity, and self-directed learning…and allows for an incredibly immersive and active learning environment” (www.edudemic.com). We are looking forward to continuing our educational journey in the digital age, while relying on that most ancient of Jesuit traditions: the relationship between caring, well-prepared teachers and committed, interested students.
Please contact Carol Wyatt if you have any questions. She can be reached at 503-291-5474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.