Technical FAQs

Do I need to own a computer to attend?

Yes. However, qualifying families may be loaned a computer system (including computer, printer, software, and set rate for Internet reimbursement) to support the learning process. This will be discussed during the enrollment process.

What computer skills are required?

The parent or responsible adult needs to have at least basic computer skills at a minimum. Use of the computer is an important part of the school, but in the early grades, it is mostly the parent (or other responsible adult) who interacts with the computer. The online school platform is user-friendly. High school students are most successful if they have basic computer skills.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 30 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not replace a solid education, rather, they help facilitate one. That is why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of old-fashioned books, workbooks, and instructional materials.

What does the computer system loaned by ARVA include?

Computers loaned by the Arkansas 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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