Technical FAQs

Do I need to have access to a computer and the internet to attend?

Yes. However, based on financial need and eligibility, Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville (TVAH) may loan a computer system (including computer and printer) to support the learning process. These computer systems are TVAH instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves the school. TVAH will arrange for technical support and troubleshooting for these computer systems. Families also need to secure their own internet service provider. However, based on financial need or other circumstances, TVAH 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 online school program, but in the early grades, it is mostly the parent (or other responsible adult) who interacts with the computer. High school students are most successful if they have basic computer skills.

What does the computer system provided by TVAH include?

Computers provided by TVAH 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 and Office 365
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 11
  • Google Chrome 58
  • Mozilla Firefox 53
  • Adobe® Reader®
  • Macromedia Flash™
  • Shockwave™
  • Java 8
  • Real Player®
  • VLC Media Player
  • McAfee® Virus Protection
  • McAfee® Site Advisor

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