St. Joseph Public Schools is committed to educating and preparing students in a 21st Century learning environment. As a result of several years of planning and study, the district has engaged in a program called Partnership for Unlimited Learning with the SJPS Foundation to implement 1:1 computing for middle school students. By providing students with a laptop computer to use at school and home, learning and instruction can extend beyond the school day and classroom walls. The goal of 1:1 computing is to develop digitally literate students with anytime, anywhere access to learning resources.
New laptops will be issued to 6th grade students, and following a series of orientation sessions, a parent meeting, and a signed parental agreement, students will be able to take their laptops home. Students will be issued the same laptop in grades 6, 7, and 8, with laptops being collected at the end of 6th and 7th grade. At the end of 8th grade, students will have the opportunity to purchase their laptop and take it on to high school.