Technical Requirements

St. Paul’s Academy – Technical Requirements

  • It is recommended that students taking 1 or more online or teacher directed courses should have access to their own computer
  • Our full-time technician provides front-line support for school-related software.
  • All of the software we use or require students to use is PC/Windows and Apple/Mac friendly.

These technical requirements must be met before registering for any courses:

Please Note:  Chromebooks will not work in our learning environment.


  • Operating System – Minimum Windows Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS X
  • Must have a system less than 5 years old


  • High Speed Internet
  • DVD Drive
  • Speakers
  • Microphone required for Collaborate online classroom sessions
  • Scanner
  • Printer


  • Application Software –Office XP (minimum)
  • Microsoft Office 365 is provided FREE to all students registered in an Online or Blended Paced Course.  This is a subscription service that does expire when the student is no longer registered in the course(s).  Students are provided with a Userid and Password to download the software FREE of charge.
  • Office 2010/2013/2016 (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint).  Student versions available at at a reduced cost to students.
  • Firefox Browser (
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader/Flash player/Shockwave player (
  • QuickTime ( Under ‘Download the free player’ click
  • ‘Free Download Now’.
  • Java (


  • Use or (free trial) or purchase Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, especially if your child has limited typing skills
  • USB Flash drive (memory stick) to help move/save files.
  • Anti-Virus Protection

NOTE: These technical requirements must be met before registering for any [email protected] courses.