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AP CompSci Coming to SMHS

GEORapcompsciNOn the recent course preview day the school finally announced that AP Computer Science is coming here to SMHS in the upcoming school year. Mr. Rainaldi will be teaching the course in partnership with the TEALS organization, a grassroots program that recruits mentors from the software industry and places them in high school classrooms working as part time teachers guiding educators until their expertise is no longer needed. Though the application process to receive a mentor is still underway, Ms. Woolfolk told me she expects we will be accepted because of the abundance of computer engineers in our area as well as the size of our school and the number of interested students. It will be taught in Java, the language of choice for most introductory courses to computer science. Though there is little worry about the course actually happening, the chances of getting in remain slim for many students as only one section (period) of the course will be offered next year. Mr. Rainaldi said there were an estimated 150 students who attended the course preview day for only 35 availableĀ slotsĀ in the course. This isn’t to say the course will always be resigned to so limited a space, Ms. Woolfolk said that, depending on the success of the course next year, there are plans underway to a whole set of Comp Sci courses and perhaps even CP classes.

But what happened to ultimately bring AP Comp Sci here to SMHS? The push for a computer science course started a few years ago when students started asking to take the AP Comp Sci exam without having taken the course. Last spring school faculty finally decided there was enough interest to implement the course which finally set the ball rolling. According to Ms. Woolfolk the deciding factor is essentially if students want a course enough to put it on their schedule, it should be offered, and thats exactly what the school is doing.

Ms. Woolfolk, the administrator in charge of planning courses for next year, told me she thinks AP Comp Sci will be a very exciting addition to the SMHS curriculum as part of what makes this school unique: offering important and high quality elective courses that teach students what they want to know.

 

Special thanks to Ms. Woolfolk and Mr. Rainaldi for providing information about the course planning and application process.

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