CIS  MACBOOK Programme Parent Guide


On the first day of school, students in grades 7-12 are required to bring their own MacBook with at least macOS 13 Ventura installed to school every day. MacBook software required for Secondary School students will be programme or subject specific. It will either be provided by CIS, downloaded as needed, or requested to be purchased at a later date.

In secondary school, MacBooks, and a range of digital resources, are used in ways that help students personalise, enhance and transform their learning, building essential digital literacy skills, promoting creativity and innovation, and demonstrate content mastery. Students are not allowed to play any games or use chat and social media platforms on their MacBook on campus. If there is an educational purpose to use such, the teacher will inform the parents with a clear outline of the educational context and achievable learning outcomes.

Order your MacBook early to ensure you have it before the new school year starts. Students currently in 6th grade may transition to a laptop during their final semester in PYP.

13-inch MacBook AIR

Recommended Macbook specifications

**If your child is coming from a previous school and already has a Macbook, please ensure minimum spec of M1 chip and Mac OS 13 Ventura.  The laptop is for the purpose of enhancing and supporting your child's learning. If the older machine does cause problems this will effect your childs learning.


The heart of the CIS vision statement is to provide students with "extraordinary learning opportunities", promoting creativity and innovation. 

Apple products have many built-in applications that promote creativity and allow students the chance to easily display their learning in a variety of ways. These applications include iMovie, Keynote, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Quicktime Player, Preview, iBooks, iTunes, Photo Booth, Maps, Notes, Photos, Safari, AirDrop, Swift Playgrounds, AirPlay, and Voice Memos. These tools are versatile being used across all grade levels and all subjects. While we do use Google web-based products for collaboration at CIS, our learning activities require dynamic media tools as well.

Purchasing, Recycling and Extended Warranty Options

Purchasing and Recycling Options

Apple GiveBack lets you recycle any Apple device and devices from Apple-owned brands at any Apple Store and online.

The Apple Learning Hub also offers complimentary training sessions about creative Apps, screen time, family sharing and parental controls. Check out the Today at Apple and Apple Summer Camp sites for more learning opportunities.

AppleCare+ Protection Plan

Extended Warranty Options

AppleCare+ Protection Plan or your home insurance

We strongly recommend parents purchase the AppleCare+ Protection Plan or insurance that covers faults, breakages, water damage, and theft. 

(Make sure that your home insurance covers loss, theft or damage to the MacBook and ask your underwriter if electronic devices and the repair cost are covered )

CIS insurance policies do not cover accidental damage to electronic equipment.

Apple Support App

Need help? The Apple Support app is your personalized guide to the best options from Apple. Find answers with articles tailored to your products and questions. Call, chat or email with an expert right away, or schedule a callback when it’s convenient. Get a repair at an Apple Store or a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple Support is here to help.

Safe & Responsible Learners

CIS is a Common Sense Certified Schools: Digital Citizenship and takes Digital Citizenship very seriously.

Useful digital citizenship links

Family Support Page

Please visit CIS’ Digital Literacy  Family Support Page to find information about safety tips, parenting in the digital age strategies, and resources.