VirtualSC Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about VirtualSC here.

Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about VirtualSC.  Click on any of the questions below to view the answer.  If you cannot find the answer to your question listed below, please call us at (803) 734-8039 or email virtualsc@ed.sc.gov.

General Program Questions

Yes, a final exam is required for all initial credit courses (not Credit Recovery). Final exams must be proctored, and count for 20% of the student’s final grade.  For more information on Final Exams, click here.

All VirtualSC courses are accepted by NCAA, except credit recovery (CR) courses.

Yes, all the VirtualSC courses are aligned to the state and national standards. Once a VirtualSC course is complete, students will be issued a grade, and the sponsor school will award high school credit and add the course to the transcript.

PLEASE NOTE: When downloading the browser plug-ins below, some websites may ask you to download additional software. You must choose “no” or un-check the box for the software if you do not wish to download additional content.

For questions or concerns regarding software requirements for Blackboard Collaborate, please call: 877-382-2293.

Browser Plug-ins — The most current versions are recommended

· Oracle Java Version 8 Update 91 (http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp)

· Flash 22.0 or higher (https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/)

· Shockwave (Operating System Dependent)

· Acrobat Reader 11.0.08 or higher (https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/)

PC Requirements

–          Pentium III (500 MHz minimum, higher recommended)

–          Minimum of 10 GB free HDD space

–          128k internet connection. A broadband connection is strongly recommended.

–          Windows XP, Vista  (not recommended, but might work – use Firefox browser)

–          Windows 7, 8 ( better but use Firefox instead of IE )

–          Windows 10 (use Edge browser or Firefox )

–          Microsoft Office, Open Office or Google Docs/Drive (Some Computer courses require Microsoft Office which will be notated within course registration)

–          1 GB RAM

–          Display setting 1024×768 resolution

–          Printer access required

–          Internet Explorer version 8.0 or higher

–          Firefox version 15.0 or higher

–          Students need a method to save work to a portable/rewritable medium (USB, cloud)

–          Audio: Sound card with speakers, microphone or headset

Macintosh Requirements

–          Intel chip Mac

–          OSX

–          Microsoft Office, Open Office or Google Docs/Drive (Some Computer courses require Microsoft Office which will be notated within course registration)

–          Students need a method to save work to a portable/rewritable medium (USB, cloud)

–          1 GB RAM

–          Minimum of 10 GB free HDD space

–          12x CD ROM (CD/DVD Recommended)

–          128k internet connection. A broadband connection is strongly recommended.

–          Display setting 1024×768 resolution

–          Printer access required

–          Safari browser or Firefox version 15.0 or higher

–          Audio: Speakers and microphone or headset

Suggestions

–          Windows 10  or OS-X (Intel chip) with all updates

–          Java, Flash, Adobe Reader, Shockwave  all updated

–          Broadband internet connection

–          Office,  Open Office, or Google Docs

–          Display setting of 1024 x 768

–          Edge browser, Firefox 47+, Chrome

–          4+ GB of Ram

–          512+ MB  video card

 

For more information, please review our Troubleshooting Guide.

Students are not required to own a computer, but we do require that students have access to a computer with internet.  We do not provide computers to students. If you do not have a computer at home, contact your local library and school media center to see if they might be able to help.

While there are some parts of our courses that are accessible through tablets and smartphones, students will not be able to complete the entire course on these devices. It is required that all VirtualSC students have access to a computer with internet capabilities.

Technology requirements should be reviewed and tested on your computer before beginning a VirtualSC course.

VirtualSC does not limit the number of courses a student can take; although, our program suggests that students do not take more than 4 courses at one time.

It is best to discuss the VirtualSC course load with a school counselor. VirtualSC offers three course sessions so students can review their schedules to determine the best time to take a course.

Students in grades 7-12 that are enrolled in a South Carolina public school, private school, home school or Adult Education program can take VirtualSC courses.

Parent Questions

VirtualSC does not limit the number of courses a student can take; although, our program suggests that students do not take more than 4 courses at one time.

It is best to discuss the VirtualSC course load with a school counselor. VirtualSC offers three course sessions so students can review their schedules to determine the best time to take a course.

Students in grades 7-12 that are enrolled in a South Carolina public school, private school, home school or Adult Education program can take VirtualSC courses.

VirtualSC is a free state-sponsored online program serving students currently attending public, private and home schools in grades 7-12 and Adult Education Programs. We offer free rigorous online courses aligned to state standards that are developed and taught by Highly Qualified, SC licensed teachers.

Sponsor & Counselor Questions

VirtualSC does not limit the number of courses a student can take; although, our program suggests that students do not take more than 4 courses at one time.

It is best to discuss the VirtualSC course load with a school counselor. VirtualSC offers three course sessions so students can review their schedules to determine the best time to take a course.

Students in grades 7-12 that are enrolled in a South Carolina public school, private school, home school or Adult Education program can take VirtualSC courses.

Student Questions

VirtualSC does not limit the number of courses a student can take; although, our program suggests that students do not take more than 4 courses at one time.

It is best to discuss the VirtualSC course load with a school counselor. VirtualSC offers three course sessions so students can review their schedules to determine the best time to take a course.

Students in grades 7-12 that are enrolled in a South Carolina public school, private school, home school or Adult Education program can take VirtualSC courses.

VirtualSC is a free state-sponsored online program serving students currently attending public, private and home schools in grades 7-12 and Adult Education Programs. We offer free rigorous online courses aligned to state standards that are developed and taught by Highly Qualified, SC licensed teachers.