Purchasing Laptops

Laptops are the primary student device for 10th Grade through 12th students to manage, create and submit class materials. Laptop requirements are detailed in the High School Student Handbook. SBA has our 1:1 Device program in order to keep quality and current technology in the hands of students so they build the experience needed to succeed in life, work and ministry. Please also see Virtual Campus Tech Recommendations.

What - Laptop Requirements:

Laptop - For 2021-2022 all students grades 9-12 should own their own Laptop (we recommend Apple Laptops) for internet access, school-related email communications and preparation of documents and reports required to complete classroom assignments.

  • Minimum - 13” MacBook (Air or Pro) with at least 4GB RAM and 128GB hard drive.

  • Recommended - MacBook (Air or Pro) with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD hard drive.

  • Best - Current Apple MacBook Air - Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage

Note: PC based laptops and Google Chromebook computers are fully compatible alternatives to Apple laptops. Though they lack Apple’s cross-platform compatibilities and longevity, they work well with Canvas, Google, and most school work.

Case - SBA recommends a military grade case to prevent screen breakage. We recommend the OtterBox, LifeProof or Griffin.

Where - Places to Buy:

Simply Mac - Chattanooga's only Apple Certified retailer. They typically will have the latest and greatest MacBook hardware and offer a good discount on purchases to SBA students when bought as a group.

  • Good selection of MacBooks, cases, and accessories

  • Offer insurance plans and repair services in store

  • May offer SBA students discounts

  • Location - Hamilton Place Mall (Food Court Entrance next to Red Robin)

Best Buy - Typically have the latest and greatest of MacBook hardware but do NOT offer discounts to SBA students. Watch for tax-free weekends.

  • Good selection of MacBooks, cases and accessories

  • Offer Insurance plans and repair services in store

  • Location - Hamilton Place or Hixson stores

Consider Refurbished Units - For the cost-conscious buyer, consider purchasing a refurbished MacBook. MacBooks have a very long life expectancy and we have seen good performance by refurbs.

    • Mac Sales - low price, but can have low supply (select at checkout "did anyone assist you today" as "RichG" and Rich will help your order)

  • Gazelle - wide variety of products, conditions, and prices

  • Apple - Apple certification and warranty included