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Online middle, high and elementary school provides free laptop and internet stipend to every student
Unlike attending a Wisconsin school district, if you attend school online, you need a computer with Internet access. eAchieve Academy provides laptops to full-time Wisconsin online elementary, middle and high school students absolutely free. At the end of the school year, the laptop is yours to keep.
Free laptop program details
Full-time eAchieve Academy students who apply through Open Enrollment and are enrolled at the start of the school year are able to purchase a laptop worth up to $400 through Milwaukee PC at no cost to the family. eAchieve Academy will pay the bill as long as the student remains enrolled and in good standing. Students who enroll after school has started for the year will need to supply their own computer until next school year. They will be eligible for a school-funded laptop at the start of the new academic year. NOTE: School District of Waukesha residents who transfer to eAchieve will continue to use their district-issued iPad to complete their eAchieve school work.
If you would like to purchase a more expensive laptop from Milwaukee PC, eAchieve Academy will contribute $400 toward the purchase. The family is responsible for paying the difference up front.
If a student withdraws from eAchieve Academy before the end of the school year (either voluntarily or involuntarily), you have the option of either paying the outstanding balance and keeping the laptop or returning it to Milwaukee PC.
Milwaukee PC will provide technical support and repair services, including a loaner laptop if necessary, for any hardware or operating system problems.
Additional details are provided to families in July so they can have their laptops by mid-August.
Internet stipend details
In order to enroll in online high, middle or elementary school, you must have Internet access in your home. While it is your responsibility to get dependable Internet service, eAchieve Academy helps cover the cost of the service. We pay an Internet stipend of $60/semester after the successful completion of each semester. High-speed Internet is preferred, but courses will also run on a dial-up connection.
Minimum computer requirements for use in online high school
If you are not interested in or are ineligible for the free laptop program, make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements outlined below. All free laptops from Milwaukee PC meet the minimum requirements, although certain courses may require specific software or other technical specifications. Please check the course description before enrolling.
Operating system requirements
PC: Windows 7 or higher
MAC: OS 10.3 (Leopard) or higher
Online courses may not function properly on computers that do not meet the following minimum hardware and software requirements:
- 1.0 GHz Celeron (or compatible) with Windows 7 or newer
- 1.0 GHz Macintosh G3 or better with OS 8 or newer
- 2GB of RAM
- 1GB of free hard disk space
- 56.6Kbps modem with active Internet connection
- Monitor and video card capable of VGA resolution (800x600 or higher) and 65,000 colors or higher
- Sound card and speakers — a microphone is required for online language courses
- Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher
- The latest version of Sun's Java JRE
For best results, it is strongly recommended that students enrolled in online courses use the following hardware and software configurations in addition to or in place of the minimum requirements:
- 1.8 GHz Pentium (or compatible) with Windows 7 or newer
- 1.4 GHz Macintosh G3 or better with OS 10.3 or newer
- 4GB of RAM
- 10GB of free hard disk space
- 1.5Mbps Internet connection or faster (cable, DSL, or broadband)
- Monitor and video card capable of VGA resolution (1024x768 or higher) and 32-bit color
Feeling confident about the technical side of online learning, but unsure how to make the switch? Check out our simple and easy guide to the requirements for online school. eAchieve staff members are available by phone and email to address any questions.
Contact us today for fast, friendly help with enrollment or other concerns.