To best support your child's optimum learning at ISM, we have developed requirements for both hardware and software for the BYOD program. For your reference, the ISM iCampus Apple Store* price list is available here.

ISM reserves the right to modify these specifications over time. 
Students are expected to maintain a fully functioning laptop at all times and come to school with them fully charged. Computers that are physically damaged (cracked screens, keyboards missing keys, trackpads not functioning, etc), should be promptly repaired so as to minimize down-time for students. Determination of the functionality of the device is subject to the discretion of the IT Dept.

*Please note that iCampus is an independent reseller and is not affiliated nor supported by ISM.


Device Type


Operating System

Minimum Screen Size 



Hard Drive


Battery Life




Laptop Computer

Mac / Windows PC

Mac OSX 10.8 or higher*
Windows 7 or higher
English Supported

11 inches (13" and larger recommended)

Intel i3 or faster recommended

2 GB (4 GB or more recommended)

120 GB or larger

 802.11n or higher (No B or G devices)

4+ Hours

Strongly recommend 3 year warranty (Apple Care if Mac)

*We strongly recommend refraining from updating to the latest operating systems during the initial release phase. Often the first releases are less stable and may cause conflicts with our network, essential software, and the hardware. It's best to wait until sufficient updates are released to rectify any potential issues. While the ISM IT Dept strives to assist students and support issues that may occur with software, hardware, and connectivity, there are at times, problems that may be beyond the scope of our IT Dept's support.

Required Software 
We require the following software to be installed in order to provide continuity amongst subject areas:

Microsoft Office 

There are a couple of options for MS Office: to purchase the software outright (iCampus currently has it for Php 7,800), or through the online subscription at Php 260/mo or Php 3,000 for a 4 year subscription.
  • Microsoft Office is required in High School but optional (preferred) in Middle School. We try to make extensive use of Google Docs which is part of our Google Apps suite of applications we offer students. Occasionally in Middle School a teacher will have a Microsoft Office Word or Excel document they wish to share with students. If the student in this case does not have Microsoft Office they have two options. The first is to try opening the document using Google Docs. If the formatting is illegible in rare instances then the student can use one of the three free MS Office Suite alternatives listed below.
    1. Google Docs (Free) 
    2. Libre Office (Free)
    3. Apache Open Office (Free)
    4. NeoOffice (Free, Mac Only)

Required Software (Free)

Internet Browsers
  • We require a minimum of two different web browsers to be installed for ideal compatibility. We recommend that you install the latest versions of Google Chrome and Firefox.

Video / Multimedia

Optional Software (Free)
Image Editing Tools