Computer Skills

Master Teacher: Yuki Clark
Duration: One-semester course offered in both fall and spring (16 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $379 for HSLDA Members / $429 for non-members.

Description: In the first quarter, students learn practical computer skills, such as basic troubleshooting, the benefits of the Microsoft Office suite and other alternatives, and how to use different internet browsers. This course also shares some must-have apps which improve productivity and user experience. In the second quarter, students pivot to more advanced topics, including internet safety. Students learn to recognize scams like phishing, spam, and other security threats. Students also study the history of computers, and are introduced to a different technological innovator every week. 

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Fall: August 22, 2022 – December 16, 2022
Spring: January 9, 2023 - May 5, 2023

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: Closed

Mondays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Michael Likens

Section 3
Fall: Closed
Spring: N/A
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 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

*This class time is 60 minutes long.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Students will learn

    • How to create professional papers, presentations, and spreadsheets using computer software 
    • How to use and configure internet networks 
    • How to tailor their computer experience to their needs with hand-selected apps 
    • How to understand computer logic and operations 
    • How to practice internet safety and etiquette 
    • How to identify and protect against common cyber attacks 
  • How much homework is in Computer Skills?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-7 hours per week. During a typical week, students complete the following coursework: 

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction 
    • Recorded lecture 
    • Class discussion post 
    • Discussion application assignment 
    • Worksheet 
    • Quiz 

    Students complete a quiz each week, a midterm and final exam, a presentation about a technological innovator, and various homework assignments. 

  • 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.

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for Computer Skills. 

  • 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!