The Keystone School
MINORITY ENTERPRISE CAREER SCHOOLS (MECS) ACADEMY headquartered in
Brooklyn Community School District #19 – East New York is a private educational partner with K12 The Keystone School to provide online high school career and technical education (CTE) Electives courses.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Is The Keystone School Accredited?
Yes, Keystone’s demonstrated record of success has earned it recognition from two of the leading accrediting boards in the country, the AdvancED/Northwest Accreditation Commission and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Keystone High School is also licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a diploma-granting institution.
Do You Require That Students Enroll in a Full Course Load or Do They Have the Option of Enrolling in Individual Courses?
Students can enroll in a full course load or in individual courses.
What Kind of Computer Do I Need to Take Online Courses?
You can take our online classes using either a PC or a Mac. As of right now, Linux, iOS, and Android are not officially supported as an operating system by Keystone. If you are running a current version of Firefox and a current version of Adobe Flash Player, our courses should work just fine; however, there may be issues. If such issues come up, we cannot provide support for them at this time. (See Technical Requirements below)
What Are the Technical Requirements for Online Courses?
Our online courses are designed to work on modern browsers and operating systems. Please use the recommendations below to ensure that your computer is properly configured for our online curriculum.
Platform Operating Systems and Browsers
PC Microsoft Windows Vista or later
Mozilla Firefox 24 or later
Internet Explorer 10 or later
Google Chromebooks are not supported at this time; the Chromebook browser does not permit the installation of JAVA and this program is required for Blackboard functionality.
Macintosh Apple Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later
Mozilla Firefox 24 or later
Safari 6 or higher (Mac OSX)
Google Chrome 30 or later
We recommend using one of the above browsers for Blackboard 9.1.
NOTE: When using Windows, if you are using a 64-bit browser, you need to install 64-bit Java to match. If you're running a 32-bit browser, then you'll need to install 32-bit Java.
Please note that most of our online courses contain Flash, which is not supported in Apple's mobile operating system (iOS). This makes our courses incompatible with iPads (and iPhones).
The following requirements must also be met for Blackboard 9.1:
Popup Blocking Disabled
Operating Systems: Windows Vista or later
Macintosh OS X 10.5 or later
RAM: 512MB or higher
Resolution: 1024 X 576 or higher
Media: Soundcard and Speakers/Headphones
Microphone required for certain courses
Plugins: Sun Java 7
Flash Player Version 11 or higher
QuickTime Version 7 or higher
Real Player required for certain courses
Jaws 11 or higher (for accessibility)
For students to be successful in their Keystone courses it is vital that your classroom facilitators and faculty understand how the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) functions and what is expected of the students while taking Keystone courses. Understanding the “student experience” is a key component in maximizing opportunity for success.