Padua Academy's Technology Department provides infrastructure and resources to support each student's individual course load.

Our Technology Department

The Technology Department supports students and faculty at Padua Academy in acquiring and executing digital learning skills. The 1:1 laptop program, which requires students to lease a MacBook Air, enhances Padua’s curriculum and provides for new learning opportunities. 
In managing our systems to ensure optimal performance, the Technology Department provides infrastructure for the Padua community to use digital tools in a modernized learning environment. This involves the newly installed PaperCut software, which makes printing available to all students and reduces the environmental impact.
The Technology Department also supports and coaches Padua's state champion CyberPatriot cyber defense team.

1:1 Laptop Program

As a Padua Student, students are required to participate in our laptop 1:1 program. Students will receive a MacBook Air 13-inch (M1 Chip), Space Gray, with a charger. The MacBook Air specifications are as follows:

  • Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 7-Core GPU
  • 256GB Storage
  • Retina display 
  • Touch ID
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • Two USB-C Ports

All students connect their laptop only to the “PaduaStudent” wifi. You will be been given a key (known as a PSK) that allows you to connect. 

Fees and Coverage

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  • Technology Fee

    The total cost of the laptop is broken up across 4 years, into a yearly technology fee in the amount of $400.00. Included:

    • 13” Apple MacBook Air Laptop & Charger
    • Microsoft Office License (Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel)
    • Padua issued email address (G-Suite License: Unlimited Google Drive Storage, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, etc.)
    • Access to printing system
    • Wireless access to Student Network
    • AppleCare+ (4 years)
    • On-site Technical Support
    • Anti-Virus Software License

    If you have been a Padua student for 4 years, students are permitted to keep their laptops upon completion.
  • Insurance Coverage: Class of 2024 & 2025

    The deductible for AppleCare+ are as follows:

    Apple's Statement regarding AppleCare+ Claims:
    If during the Plan Term you submit a valid claim by notifying Apple that the Covered Device has failed due to accidental damage from handling resulting from an unexpected and unintentional external event (such as, drops and damage caused by liquid contact)("ADH"), Apple will subject to your payment of the service fee described below, either (i) repair the defect using new or refurbished parts that are equivalent to new in performance and reliability, or (ii) exchange the Covered Device with a replacement product that is new or equivalent to new in performance and reliability. Each time you receive services for ADH is a "Service Event". Exclusions apply as described below. Each covered device is eligible for up to two (2) Service Events every twelve (12)-month period from the date of your Plan purchase as specified on the original sales receipt. Any unused Service Events will expire and will get two (2) new ADH Service Events to use within the next twelve (12)-month period of continued coverage. All other Plan benefits continue throughout.

    There are no fees associated with claims pertaining to mechanical breakdown (Software related issues or hardware defects). 

    Tier 1 ADH Service Event ($99.00)
    - Screen Only ADH Damage
    - External Enclosure-only ADH damage

    Tier 2 ADH Service Event ($299.00)
    -All other ADH Damage (Ex. Liquid Damage)

    If your laptop is in need of repair and you need to file an insurance claim, visit our IT Department as they take care of insurance claims and repairs for laptops.  They will also assist in providing you a spare while your computer is being repaired.
  • Insurance Coverage: Class of 2026 & 2027

    Padua Academy has introduced a new insurance program to the Class of 2026 & 2027. The Class of 2026 & 2027 laptops will be covered by AppleCare+ for 4 years with no insurance deductibles. Whether Accidental or Mechanical Failure, students will not be required to pay an insurance deductible. AppleCare+ covers up to 2 repair incidents per year. 

    If your laptop is in need of repair and you need to file an insurance claim, visit our IT Department as they take care of insurance claims and repairs for laptops.  They will also assist in providing you a spare while your computer is being repaired.

Technology Support

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  • Photo of Tierra Castellano

    Tierra Castellano 

    Information Technology Manager
  • Photo of Kristin DiMichele

    Kristin DiMichele 

    Systems Administrator

Technology Teachers

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  • Photo of Asa Equels

    Asa Equels 

  • Photo of Michelle Schneider

    Michelle Schneider 




Technology Assistance

Our Technology Support staff is here to help you with any computer problems including network connectivity, printing, broken computers, application issues, and much more!  You may email us at:  Alternatively, you can visit the IT Room in Padua's basement near the entrance to Roberto Hall.  
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