Serra students are required to bring a portable internet access device (Mac or PC laptop) to school daily. The program, commonly referred to as BYOL (bring your own laptop), allows students to access internet resources as needed on campus and in classroom curriculum. The BYOL model holds particular advantages for students—not only does the program respond to personal device preferences of students and their families, it also replicates the environment that students will encounter in their college classrooms.

Previously, Serra had a BYOD (bring your own device) technology model. Starting with the Class of 2028, the technology model is now BYOL due to the need to download the Blue Book app which is required for digital PSAT, SAT and AP testing. The Blue Book app cannot be downloaded on personal chromebook computers. For the Class of 2025, 2026, 2027, Serra will support PSAT, SAT and AP testing if students have a chromebook. However, if students are considering purchasing a new device, we recommend that families purchase a laptop that meets the minimum requirements.

BYOL Program FAQs

Portable Device Minimum Requirements

  • 7 hour minimum battery life*
  • 7 inches minimum screen size
  • Headphone jack
  • Microphone (built-in or external)
  • Camera (built-in or external)
  • Ability to access wireless internet on campus
  • Ability to run Google Chrome browser
  • Ability to access Google Mail / Google Drive / Google Sites
  • Ability to print to home and school printers
  • For Windows and Apple laptops minimum operating system (OS)
    a.    Windows 10/11 SP1 minimum for Windows Laptops
    b.    macOS Ventura 12.6.3 minimum for Apple Laptops
    c.    iOS 11 minimum for iPad/iPad Mini
  • For any Windows, Mac, or Android based device: verified auto-updating Anti-Virus, such as Avast Anti-Virus (free)
If necessary, additional changeable batteries are acceptable for laptops to meet the 7 hour minimum
NOTE: Some classes may have additional minimum requirements. Please check specific course details 
Optional Considerations: 
  • Protective cover/case
  • External keyboard
  • Additional power adapter (one for home / one for travel)
  • Repair/Replacement/Insurance Policy