AP Computer Science Principals

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

 

Computer Science: The New Literacy

Whether it’s 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world. Computer science experience has become an imperative for today’s students and the workforce of tomorrow.

The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.

 

Rigorously Developed

In development since 2008, AP Computer Science Principles was created with significant support from the National Science Foundation. The College Board worked with more than 50 leading high school and higher education computer science educators who piloted the course at their institutions. This rigorous process of development and testing has yielded a course that not only reflects the latest scholarship in the field, but provides students with a relevant and engaging learning experience.

Over 90 colleges and universities have stated their support for the course, with the majority anticipating they will award college credit for high exam scores.

 

 


AP Computer Science Principals

 

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History- In fall 2016, the College Board launched its newest AP® course, AP Computer Science Principles. The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.

2017 Class Scores- 5 = 7 Students, 4 = 9 students, 3 = 7 Students, 2 = 5 Students, 1 = 0 Students

AP exam - 2017 class was the largest and most successful AP launch in history - and we are delighted to see that many students earned passing scores on this inaugural AP offering. 70 % passed the AP exam with a score of 3 or better!

AP Test Review Information

  • Test Date - May 11, 2018
  • 60% of AP Grade
  • 74 Questions
  • 2 Hours Given to Complete

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Code Studio - App Lab - Blown to Bits - Nimbus Screencast


Click on a Unit Below to View Daily Lessons

Unit 1- The Internet

Unit 2- Digital Information

Unit 3- Introduction to Programming

Unit 4- Big Data and Pricvacy

Unit 5- Building Apps

Unit 7- The AP Test

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