Technical FAQs

Do I need to have access to a computer to attend?

Yes. Each family will be required to have access to a computer 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. The 10 independent California Virtual Academies loan a computer to an enrolling family upon request. Our enrollment consultant can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.

What computer skills are required?

The teaching adult 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. High school students are most successful if they have basic computer skills.

What does the computer system provided by a California Virtual Academy include?

Computers provided by one of the 10 California Virtual Academies 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

Our enrollment consultant can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.


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