Course titleAP Computer Science Principals
Pre-requisiteIt is recommended that students in the AP Computer Science Principles course have successfully completed a first-year high school algebra course with a strong foundation of basic linear functions, composition of functions, and problem-solving strategies t
Course Description:† AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. In this course; students will learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They will incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students will also explain how computing innovations and computing systems; including the Internet; work; explore their potential impacts; and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical. It is important to note that the AP Computer Science Principles course does not have a designated programming language. Teachers have the flexibility to choose a programming language(s) that is most appropriate for their students to use in the classroom.††
AP Computer Science Principles is equivalent to a first-semester; college-level breadth course in computer science. College Board?s Advanced PlacementÆ Program (APÆ) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies?with the opportunity to earn college credit; advanced placement; or both?while still in high school.† As a requirement; students must get a score of at least 3 in the AP Exam.
Duration of Course:† This course has a duration of two semesters.
Course Prerequisites:† It is recommended that students in the AP Computer Science Principles course have successfully completed a first-year high school algebra course with a strong foundation of basic linear functions; composition of functions; and problem-solving strategies that require multiple approaches and collaborative efforts. In addition; students should be able to use a Cartesian (x; y) coordinate system to represent points on a plane. It is important that students and their advisers understand that any significant computer science course builds upon a foundation of mathematical reasoning that should be acquired before attempting such a course. Prior computer science experience is not required to take this course.
School countryUnited States
School / district Address3150 S. Avenue A
School zip code85364
Requested competency codeMath
Approved competency code
- Career and technical education