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Bring Your Own Device.

Mary C. Wheeler knew that the best schools are works in progress, forward looking, always adapting to meet the changing needs of its students. In that spirit of ambitious, yet measured, evolution, Wheeler is accelerating its integration of educational technology across its grade levels.

As of today, all students in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades are required to bring a laptop to school. The devices allow teachers and students to uniformly access online materials and texts, learn about digital note-taking, and participate in interactive activities during lessons. Students in 1st through 7th grade use school-issued Chromebook computers. In the early elementary grades, students use iPads making Wheeler a 1:1 computing school.

FAQs about the BYOD Program

List of 7 frequently asked questions.


  • What are the recommended specifications for a laptop?
    Wheeler’s technology department has put together this overview of the basic requirements needed based on the type of device and operating system you might have.  Check the specs on your device to see if it meets these requirements.  Feel free to email one of the members of our technology department if you need assistance.

BYOD Tech Support

Network Connection
Wheeler has upgraded its wireless infrastructure to support the BYOD program and increased use of technology tools throughout the school. Students will log in to the Wheeler wifi network to access all of their cloud-based programs and tools.


Students are expected to keep their computers fully charged for optimal use during the school day.


Increased use of digital documents by students and teachers and the use of document sharing and digitally posted work should decrease the need for printing. That said, printer stations will continue to be available to students in the Upper School Computer Lab, the Prescott Library and in selected offices.


It is strongly recommended that families purchase extended warranties and/or service contracts for devices. Repair and maintenance of devices is the responsibility of the family. However, we recognize that emergencies do occur, hence a limited number of laptops will be available to students as needed. A group of student technology fellows will be appointed to support other students with technical issues.


We recommend that students use Google Chrome as their primary internet browser.

About our Team

For device-specific questions, please contact Karie Hayes, Joe Scanlon or Charlene Queen in the Technology Department.
216 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906-2246
Phone: (401) 421-8100
FAX: (401) 751-7674

Founded 1889

The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.