iPad Information

As a leading private school in the area, Tampa Prep prides itself on our innovation, creativity and tradition. Tampa Prep is a one-to-one Apple iPad school. Every student attending Prep needs an iPad tablet to participate in this exciting blended classroom environment. This reference page outlines the information you need to acquire and set up your student's device.


As of Fall 2018, all students will need one of the following iPad with WiFi models with at least 64GB of storage :

  • iPad 6th generation (released March 2018)*
  • iPad 5th generation (no longer sold on Apple website)
  • iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5 or 12.9 inch)
  • iPad Air 2 (no longer sold in stores)

As of August 2019, all Tampa Prep students will need the iPad 6th generation 128GB WiFi model (released in March 2018) OR newer model.

Please note that some models listed below do not have a 64GB option, in which case, you will need to purchase the 128GB option. Device memory is critically important given the interactive student textbook content and multimedia that the school incorporates into its curriculum. 64 GB of memory (or more) will enable the student to fulfill school requirements of creating, producing and storing multimedia projects. It is for this reason also that the iPad mini is not acceptable for use at Tampa Prep. The WiFi only model is sufficient for student needs. The WiFi plus Cellular option is not required. iPads may be purchased from any retail store.

The industry standard expected lifespan for a personal computing device is 3 years. We have based our expectations on a 3 year lifespan and have determined August 2019 as the date for the next upgrade cycle. Decisions that Apple has made with regards to hardware and software architecture are key factors for consideration.

We also require a good, sturdy, protective case. Keyboards and styli such as the Apple Pencil are optional.

The reason for upgrading the device every three years is primarily a hardware issue. At some point, apps and iOS upgrades are no longer compatible with older iPads due to the move to the 64-bit architecture, just as iOS upgrades are no longer available for the original iPad 1. In addition, certain functionality, such as split-screen for simultaneous reading and note taking, is only available on the iPad Air 2 or newer.

Students utilize multimedia and interactive textbook content that is blended into the School's curriculum. Students will be required to create, produce and store multimedia projects. Device memory will be critical in storing all of this curricular content - thus the 64 gigabyte specification.

*Recycle your old device through our Tech Recycle Program, benefitting Tampa Prep students.

Learn more about the Integration of the devices into classes and details about the Apple Distinguished School designation granted to Tampa Prep for 2014-2016 at www.tampaprep.org/ipad.

Ownership & Care

Student iPads are the property and responsibility of the student and his/her family. Insurance (against damage, theft or other loss) and a protective case are strongly recommended. The School is not responsible for lost, broken or stolen iPads.


Parents are encouraged to purchase the device with the required specifications (see above) from any retail store. (The Apple Store offers several finance plans, including 0% interest if paid in full in 12 months.) See http://bit.ly/iPad-purchase.

Visit the links above for tutorials on setup, apps and more!


Digital resources are used for 90% of the school's textbooks. In addition, six cross-curricular applications are provided for students. Students are given instructions on how to obtain all resources during the first week of classes.


The one-to-one iPad environment expands the School's curricular offerings, project-based events and collaborative work to better prepare students for college and the workplace. Here are just a few ways the iPad enhances classes:

  • iPads enable teachers to create assignments that support various learning styles
  • Portability – allows anytime, anywhere learning due to device's light weight and ease of use
  • The economical all-in-one digital toolbox includes HD video camera, digital camera, voice recorder, calculator, e-reader, drawing tablet and numerous educational apps
  • Battery life supports typical day of use at school
  • Digital resources can be updated frequently and are interactive and engaging
  • The operating system, application, services and resources deliver regular and timely updates


Please direct any questions about the iPad 1:1 Initiative to Suzy Lassacher (slassacher@tampaprep.org or 813.251.8481 x4105), your iPad liaison at Tampa Prep.