The IT Department at Vermont Academy supports the technology of the entire campus and provides wireless internet access to all buildings using a network of about 75 wireless access points. As well, academic buildings have public multi-function printers / copiers / scanners available for student use. Internet access is provided by a dedicated 200+ Mbps circuit, and web traffic filters keep the content of unsavory or high bandwidth websites under control. Twenty servers, a multitude of switches, a fiber backbone between buildings, and a Wireless Mesh for buildings beyond the immediate campus extend the resources of our network to just about everywhere, including many outdoor locations. Most classrooms are equipped with projectors, and these, in conjunction with Tablet PCs used by faculty, allow for very interactive presentations.
The IT Department provides support to faculty and students from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Internet access times for students run from 6 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. during the week, except during study time. Seniors and PGs are afforded 24-hour internet access.
Vermont Academy is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school. We support mainly Windows-based and Mac-based computers. That being said, we do have a few recommendations for incoming students. A device with a fully functional keyboard is essential. Accidental damage coverage or adding the device to your home insurance is a great idea as quite a few student devices get damaged over the course of the school year. Purchasing Microsoft Office and some kind of malware / virus protection is also highly recommended. Examples of computers we often support are Lenovo and HP laptops in the $800 + range, Macbook Airs, and Macbook Pros.