Technical FAQs

Do I need to have a computer to attend?

Yes. Each family will be required to have a computer system that meets the minimum specifications necessary to access the K12 Online School (OLS). Families must also have Internet access in order to participate in the school program. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.

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 it is mostly the parent (or other responsible adult) who interacts with the computer. The program is user-friendly.

What are the minimum specifications needed for computer systems to access the K12 Online School (OLS)?

Computers provided by the Virginia Virtual Academy 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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