Do I need to own a computer to attend?
No. Enrolled families are eligible to borrow a computer system (including computer and software) to support the learning process. These computer systems are instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves LVS. We will arrange for technical support and troubleshooting for these systems. All eligible high school students receive their own loaner computer while attending LVS. Multi-student families will have options for multiple computers based on availability.
Do you provide Internet access?
No. Acquiring Internet access is the responsibility of each family prior to the start of school. While dial-up Internet is adequate, we recommend high speed Internet, especially in the case of schooling multi-student families.
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. High school students are most successful if they have basic computer skills. If not, there is additional training available.
What does the computer system for eligible families loaned by LVS include?
Computers loaned by us 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™
- Java 7
- Real Player©
- McAfee© Virus Protection
- McAfee© Web Protection
Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Adobe and Acrobat Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
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.