Online School Technology FAQs

Do I need to own a computer to attend?

Yes. Each family will be required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications necessary to access the K12 Online School (OLS). A computer and high speed internet are required to attend SCVCS. Students eligible for free lunch may qualify for a “loaner” computer with a $25 deposit per computer due before computer is shipped.

What computer skills are required?

The learning coach or mentor needs to have at least basic computer skills. Use of the computer is an important part of the program, but in the early grades (kindergarten through 5th grade), it is mostly the parent (or other responsible adult) who interacts with the computer. The program is user friendly. Middle and high school students must have basic computer skills to be successful.

What does the computer system loaned through SCVCS include?

Computers loaned by the South Carolina Virtual Charter School follow these technical specs:

  • Speed: 1.8 GHz or better
  • RAM: 2–4 GB
  • Disk space: 160 GB or more
  • DVD drive
  • Monitor: 19-inch flat panel
  • Laptop screen: 15.6-inch
  • Audio: High Definition sound card
  • Modem: Ethernet port. Laptops include Nic card (wi-fi)
  • Desktop Microphone and Headset Microphones
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Microsoft ® Internet Explorer version 10
  • Google Chrome 33
  • Mozilla Firefox 22
  • Adobe ® Reader ®
  • Macromedia Flash™
  • Shockwave™
  • Java 7
  • QuickTime ®
  • Real Player ®
  • McAfee ® Virus Protection
  • McAfee ® Web Protection

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