VirtualSC Frequently Asked Questions

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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

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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.

Browser Plug-ins — The most current versions are recommended

· Oracle Java Version 8 Update 141 (http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp)

· Flash 26.0 or higher (https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/)

· Acrobat Reader 11.0.10 or higher (https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/)

Computer Requirements

–          1+ Ghz machine, preferably running Windows 10

–          If on a MAC then Intel chip Mac running OSX 10.9+

–          Minimum of 10 GB free HDD space

–          A broadband connection, 3+ Mb/s, is strongly recommended.

–          Windows XP, Vista  (Not recommended, use Opera browser, class material is NOT checked on these Operating Systems)

–          Windows 7, 8 (Chrome,Firefox or Opera instead of IE)

–          Windows 10 (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Opera instead of IE11)

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

–          1+ GB RAM, preferably 4+ GB

–          Display setting 1024×768 resolution or higher

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

–          Audio: Sound card with speakers, microphone or headset

 

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 many 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

Link to common problems and possible ways to fix them.

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

Link to common problems and possible ways to fix them.

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.