What are the Minimum System Requirements?

Florida Virtual School courses make use of a wide variety of features and technologies, such as Java, Flash, HTML5, CSS2/3, and depending on the course, other specialized components that help you achieve a more immersive learning experience.
                       
Due to the wide array of technologies in over our 100 courses, there are some limitations to browsers and devices we can support. At present, we test and verify a wide variety of devices and have ongoing programs to migrate away from any technologies that are not compliant with newer mobile platforms.  However, lightweight devices, such as Google Chromebooks or tablets that have very limited technology support for Java or Flash, will not be compatible with the majority of our courses.  Please ensure you have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework in the event that your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course.
                       
Also, some courses may have different or additional requirements to the ones listed on this page.  If you want specific system requirements for your course, please go to the Material List page (located in the Course Information tab) within your course (as shown below).
                       
                       
                       
For a list of supported operating systems, browsers and plugins or if you want to run a system check, please visit https://www.flvs.net/student-resources/system-requirements.


Additionally, below are details on the minimum HARDWARE requirements that you will need for your computer:

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

Internet Access and Speed

As long as you have Internet access, you can take courses with FLVS. (While it is possible to take courses with dial-up connectivity, it will take a little longer for pages to load. You might want to print a few lessons and work offline. You can then save and upload work when you are finished.)

Browser Plug-ins

PC Requirements

  • Minimum of 250 gigabytes free HDD space
  • High Speed such as Cable or DSL (Using dial-up is possible but you may experience performance issues with certain course features)
  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (Based on Microsoft support/recommendation)
  • Microsoft Office, Open Office, or Google Docs (Some Business courses require Microsoft Office which will be notated within course registration)
  • 8 GB Ram minimum
  • 12x CD-ROM (CD/DVD Recommended; Some courses require CD/DVD which will be notated within course registration)
  • Display setting 1024x768 resolution
  • Printer access required
  • Students need a method to save work to a portable medium (USB drive, Zip file, CD)
  • Audio: Sound card with speakers and microphone or headset

Macintosh Requirements

  • MacOS (10.13) or higher
  • High Speed such as Cable or DSL (Using dial-up is possible but you may experience performance issues with certain course features)
  • Microsoft Office, Open Office, or Google Docs (Some Business courses require Microsoft Office which will be notated within course registration)
  • Students need a method to save work to a portable medium (USB drive, Zip file, CD)
  • 8 GB Ram 
  • Minimum of 250 gigabytes free HDD space
  • 12x CD ROM (CD/DVD Recommended)
  • Display setting 1024x768 resolution
  • Printer access required
  • Audio: Speakers and microphone or headset