• AP Computer Science Principles

    Program Description:
    AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career.
     
    Computer science skills are in high demand and are valued by colleges and employers throughout the world. The AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP) course introduces you to the essential ideas of computer science and shows how computing and technology can influence the world around you. You can pursue your interests in digital projects – like apps, films, games or music – that showcase your creativity, and use your creations to make a difference in your community.
     
    There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what computer science is and isn’t. Let’s set the record straight:
    • Computer science is not posting pictures, sending email or searching the Internet. You can use it to pursue your interests, showcase your creativity, and even make a difference in your community. 
    • It’s not about sitting in front of a computer alone, typing code all day (and night). It is about using elaborate tools to solve real-world problems. 
    • Teamwork is often essential to finding those solutions, and each team member’s contributions are valuable to the end goal. 
    • You don’t have to be a math whiz to understand computer science. 
    • Studying computer science doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a programmer. It can lead to hundreds of career choices, from engineering and animation to medicine and music. If you have big ideas and an interest in using technology and creativity to realize those ideas and solve problems, computer science is for you.
     
    Class Focus:
    The major areas of study in this course are organized around seven big ideas through six computational thinking practices:
     
    Big Ideas:
    • Creativity 
    • Abstraction 
    • Data and Information Algorithms 
    • Programming 
    • The Internet 
    • Global Impact
    Computational Thinking Practices:
    • Connecting computing 
    • Creating computational artifacts 
    • Abstracting 
    • Analyzing problems and artifacts 
    • Communicating 
    • Collaborating 
     
    Exam:
    All students enrolled in this AP class will take the AP exam. The AP Computer Science Principles exam is in two parts: Performance Tasks (Project) and End-of-Course AP Exam (Multiple Choice).
    • Performance Tasks (Project) due April 30, 2017 
      The Performance Tasks portion of the AP Exam will be completed the last 4 sessions before the end of the course. 
    • End-of-Course AP Exam (Multiple Choice) May 5, 2017 
      The End-of-Course portion of the AP Exam will take place at the students’ normal AP Exam testing site.
    • Cost for the Exam: The cost of the exam is included in the cost of the class. 
    Prerequisites:
    The only prerequisite is a letter grade of ‘C’ or better in a high school equivalent Algebra I course. Students should understand algebraic concepts.
     
    Attendance Policy, Meeting Dates & Course Load:
    Students who do not attend all in-person meeting dates will experience considerable difficulty. In-person meetings will be held on Wednesdays 4:00-6:00PM with the first in-person class meeting Sept 21, 2016.
    Attendance is expected at all class meetings. If a student is absent 4 times, it will result in a drop. The course load of AP Computer Science Principles is the same as other high school AP courses. Students will be expected to complete 5+ hours of class work per week (this includes the two hour in-person meeting). This course is a hybrid class, which means there are in-person meetings along with course content delivered online. Students must have a computer with broadband internet available for the required 5+ hours per week. Computers are available during the in-person meetings and Office Hours.
     
    Grading Procedures & Class Policies:
    Grades will be based on assignments and class participation. Students found cheating will be reported.
     
    Enrollment & Cost:
    AP Computer Science Principles is open to all 9th-12th grade students in Jackson County. Please talk your local high school counselor to apply/enroll. The class may not run; it needs at least twelve students enrolled in order to run. Students will be contacted by Sept 19th as to whether the class will run or not.
    Deadline to Enroll: Sept 19, 2016
    First In-Person Class Meeting: Sept 21, 2016
    The cost for this course is $92. This is due Sept 19th. Make checks payable to “Jackson Area Career Center.” This money will be used for your AP Exam. There are needs-based scholarships available.