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Learning Recommendations: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II (or Algebra II completed).     

Advanced Placement Computer Science is equivalent to high school mathematics, if the student is currently enrolled in MTH300 - Common Core Algebra 2, or successfully completed MTH300 - Common Core Algebra 2. This course qualifies for a math-based quantitative course for students who take the course in their senior year. Advanced Placement Computer Science qualifies for equivalency in either mathematics credit or a science credit. 

General DescriptionDesigned to prepare students to take the College Board AP Computer Science A exam, this challenging class is for those students who are interested in an in-depth course in computer programming.

Content:  Students will learn to program in the Java language, with emphasis on problem solving, computer science theory, application, algorithm design, programming style, and documentation. 

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Direct instruction
  • Independent reading
  • Individual investigations
  • Small group investigations
  • Assigned practices and programming projects

Homework:  Grading will be heavily based on long-term, take-home projects. You should plan on devoting at least forty five minutes per day outside of class to succeed in this course.

Tech Prep Eligible:  This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Bellevue College. Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade may be eligible to earn college credit through the Tech Prep program. Students MUST register for CTE Dual Credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable $46 annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  College Board AP Exam Fee     

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.