Computer Science

Changing technology has created a growing need for people with experience and education in computer science. Many employers are experiencing shortages of highly trained technical people, especially in computer science related fields. Whether students are planning to go to college, technical college, or into employment right after high school, they will gain valuable information and technology skills. Careers of today require strong academic and technical preparation. By carefully planning course selection, students will improve their employment opportunities.

Course Listing

AP Computer Science A

Course: #AP412, S1
Course: #AP414, S2
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester) 
Prerequisites: C or better in Higher Algebra, Higher Algebra Honors, or Instructor’s permission

AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science fundamentals, focusing on object-oriented programming languages.

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AP Computer Science Principles

Course: #AP416, S1
Course: #AP418, S2
Course: #T966*, part 1, Tonka Online
*Select term S=summer, F=fall
Course: #T967*, part 2, Tonka Online*
*Select term S=summer, W=winter
This course can also be taken through VANTAGE #V500 (choose one)
Grades Offered:  9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: C or better in Algebra; Introduction to Computer Science is recommended but not required
 
Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.

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Cybersecurity

Course: #4661
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: 0.5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: none

Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy.

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IB Computer Science HL

Course: #IB652, S1
Course: #IB653, S2
Grade(s) offered: 12
Credits: .5 (per semester) 
Prerequisites: AP Computer Science A

This course will allow students to become aware of how computer scientists work and communicate with each other and with other stakeholders in the successful development and implementation of IT solutions.

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IB Computer Science SL

Course: #IB650, S1
Course: #IB651, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 0.5 (per semester), 1.0 (year-long course)
Prerequisites: C or better in Higher Algebra, Higher Algebra Honors, or Instructor’s permission

This course will allow students to become aware of how computer scientists work and communicate with each other and with other stakeholders in the successful development and implementation of IT solutions.

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Video Game Design

Course: #4658
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

In this project-based course, students will develop working computer games using Construct 2. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles of game design and development.

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Webpage Design

Course: #4146    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)    
Prerequisites: None

Webpage Design is a one-semester, project-based curriculum that teaches digital communication skills in the context of the professional web design and development process, using Adobe web tools.

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  • Business Analytics
  • Design + Marketing
  • Digital Journalism
  • Global Business
  • Global Sustainability
  • Health Sciences
  • User Experience (UX) Design

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