Ask them to be specific since it's a big world and what I have in Vancouver, BC may not be there where this school is.
My son's school is requiring a laptop for next year. The requirements (from the school's email) are as follows:
Seventh and eighth graders are required to bring a fully-charged laptop, in a case, with the power cable, to school each day starting on the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Laptops may be any brand and model (either Windows or Mac operating system) that fits a family's budget, and must have a full-sized keyboard and screen. In addition, it must meet the basic specifications listed below. Chromebooks are recommended as a less expensive and durable option that can meet our criteria. Each laptop will need to join the school wifi. Google Apps for Education along with other carefully evaluated, educational websites will be the primary online learning tools.
Windows 8 or above OR Latest Mac OS
at least a Core i3 Processor
at least: a 500 GB standard hard drive or a 16 GB solid state hard drive OR 128 GB Flash Storage
at least 4 GB RAM
at least 512 MB Video Memory
an included full-size keyboard is required
11 to 13.3 inch LCD display (not larger or smaller than these sizes)
At least 6 hrs. recommended - battery life tends to be a projected number and typically is stated as longer than you will actually see in real use on new computers. This amount of time will give students half a school day of continuous in-use life. Students will be given a secure location and time period mid-day (lunch/recess) to recharge laptops, if necessary.
Make sure that the laptop also has:
at least 1 USB port (depending on what you are purchasing, you may need multiples ports for an external keyboard, mouse, or USB drive)
a built-in microphone
a built-in camera/video camera
Hebrew stickers on keys and Hebrew typing enabled (school will provide directions!)
an external mouse is optional, and at student's preference
Make sure to purchase a case and accident protection
The case should be protective enough whether the laptop/case is stored in a locker or in a backpack, etc. It may be hard or soft/neoprene, depending on your child's needs.
Accidental Insurance and Comprehensive for breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazards (required) A 3yr. warranty is recommended
Incidentally, I have a Best Buy gift card and would prefer to use it, but this is nbot a sticking point. Any suggestions?