Technical FAQs

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

Yes. However, based on financial need and eligibility, Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan (HVAM) may loan a computer system (including computer and printer) to support the learning process. These computer systems are HVAM instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves the school. HVAM will arrange for technical support and troubleshooting for these computer systems. Each family will need to secure Internet service. In certain cases, based on financial need or other circumstances, HVAM may provide a stipend to offset the cost of the Internet service. This determination will take place during the enrollment process.

What computer skills are required?

The Learning Coach 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 does the computer system provided by HVAM include?

Computers provided by HVAM 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 2016
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 11
  • Google Chrome 54
  • Mozilla Firefox 50
  • Adobe® Reader®
  • Macromedia Flash™
  • Shockwave™
  • Java 8
  • Real Player ®
  • VLC Media Player
  • McAfee® Virus Protection
  • McAfee® Site Advisor

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RealPlayer is a trademark or a registered trademark of RealNetworks, Inc.

Macromedia Flash is a trademark or registered trademark of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. QuickTime is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.