AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP)

Course No: 9212
Subject: Science, Technology & Engineering
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Course Length: Year
Course Type: Elective
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry (or to be concurrently enrolled)
Criteria for Enrollment: None

AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) is equivalent to an introductory college-level computing course that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science.  Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs.  They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge.  Students also explore how computing innovations and computing systems work (including the Internet), explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical.  Roughly half the course is focused on learning to program in either the Python or Javascript programming languages, but the selection of a programming language is at the teacher’s discretion while the other half of the course covers non-programming topics of computer science.

*Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations

 **This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

***Students are required to take the AP Computer Science Principles exam in May.