Computer Skills

Master Teacher: Yuki Clark
Duration: One-semester course offered in both fall and spring (17 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $349 for HSLDA Members / $399 for non-members.

Description: Computer Skills introduces students to the fundamental skills that they need to use and operate a computer in everyday life.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Fall: August 23, 2021 – December 17, 2021
Spring: January 10, 2022 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Tuesdays, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Robert Smith

Section 2
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Mondays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Michael Likens

Section 3
Fall: Closed
Spring: N/A
Wednesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Gary Bush

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in Computer Skills?

    Computer Skills will run for 16 weeks and will cover the following topics:

    • General Computer Literacy
    • MS Office Suite
    • Google Office Suite / Online Collaboration
    • Troubleshooting
    • Networks
    • Browsers
    • Must-have apps
    • Basic computer logic
    • Intro to HTML coding
    • History of Computers and Great Innovators in the Tech Industry
    • Internet safety and etiquette
    • Phishing, Scam, Spam, and Security Issues
  • How much homework is in Computer Skills?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Recorded lecture
    • Class discussion
    • Discussion application assignment
    • Worksheet
    • Quiz
  • What books will I use in Computer Skills?

    The official booklist for Computer Skills is available now. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take Computer Skills?

    We have specifically designed the Computer Skills course to appeal to students who are complete beginners using computers and those who have experience using computers but would like to further hone their skills.

    This course is recommended for any students from 9th through 12th grade. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Computer Skills?

    In every HSLDA Online Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Computer Skills class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is the tuition for Computer Skills?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on one-semester high school courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!