BYOD Laptop Program

BYOD at Brandeis Marin

Middle School students should arrive for the start of the Brandeis Marin school year with a family-owned laptop. Brandeis Marin's “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) laptop model empowers students and families to choose the tools that are most appropriate for them. Research has found that when students personalize their education, it accelerates their learning.

Please review the minimum required laptop specifications below, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for additional tips and guidelines.

While many students bring Macs and PCs to campus, Chromebooks are an affordable alternative as well. If the laptop requirement presents a financial hardship for your family, please contact Janet Lewis, Director of Finance at to inquire about financial assistance.


Required Hardware:
Mac, PC or Chromebook laptop that is at most 3 years old with
(minimum specs):

  • 1.6 GHz 32-bit processor
  • 4 GB of system memory
  • 128 MB of graphics memory
  • WIFI 802.11 g/n
  • Built-in USB port, camera, microphone, and speakers
  • 4+ hour battery life

Required Operating System:

  • PC: Windows 8 or 10
  • Mac: OS X 10.8 or newer
  • Chromebook: Latest version

Required Software

  • Chrome Web Browser (to be used with Brandeis Marin’s Google for Education account)
  • At least one other Web Browser in addition to Google Chrome
    (Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc.)
  • Antivirus/Malware/Adware software (many are free)
  • Updated versions of Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, Shockwave, Microsoft Silverlight

Required Additional:

  • Internet access from home
  • Protective Carrying Case or Sleeve
  • Earbuds

Strongly Recommended

  • Extended warranty
  • Accidental-damage insurance
  • Protective hardshell laptop case (here’s an example)
  • Lojack or other computer locator software