Suffield Academy maintains a campus-wide, fiber-optic gigabit switched Ethernet network that connects all buildings, including the dormitories, classrooms, and faculty homes.
Each boarding student is provided with a data drop in her/his room, as well as a telephone jack. Capabilities of the network include email, electronic bulletin boards on our intranet, a WWW server (with student space) and full access to the Internet via our high-speed fiber-optic connection to the Connecticut Education Network. In addition, voicemail is provided to each member of the community. Each dormitory is equipped with a laser printer, and other public, networked printers are sprinkled throughout campus. Day students and faculty members can connect to our campus network via wireless access points throughout campus. Access to email and other school services is available off-campus as well.
Suffield Academy requires students to have an Apple laptop that meets our published requirements. For a list of specifications and a link to pre-configured models from Apple’s online store, please visit the Suffield Academy Apple store.
The school makes several software packages available to students via a one-time technology fee ($50). This includes software for word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and other specialized software used in certain courses. We recommend self-instructional software for students who would like to improve their typing ability. Please note that the Academy does not offer a typing course.
All students receive services and support including unlimited email messaging, full Internet access, limited network file storage, network printing (no need to bring your own printer), repair depot service, and training.
Boarding and day students have access to network services via wireless connection in all campus buildings and dormitories. Additionally, boarding students have wired connections in their dorm rooms. Day students may also use their home Internet connection to access Suffieldís network services (such as email) from home during the evening or on weekends.
We are not a “laptop school,” we are a school where electronic communication is a keystone of campus life. Computing and information technology are pervasive at Suffield Academy. Computers are integrated into the daily life of all community members. Students are required to have a functioning, Academy-recommended Apple laptop. Everyone is expected to check email at least once every twenty-four hours; classes and student groups rely on email discussion forums, and the campus is covered with wireless or wired networking.