AP® Computer Science Principles

  9-12 graders

  Credits awarded on transcript  

  Algebra I completed with B- or better

  UC A-G approved for [D] Science credits

  90 minutes per class

  8-10 students per class

  Twice per week over 36 weeks

  1049 per student, per semester  

  Self paced instructor-guided  

  Online community

  Office hours on-demand

  749 per student, per semester  

AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) is an introductory-level course meant for all students, regardless of whether they intend to pursue a major in a STEM discipline or not. You don't need an advanced understanding of programming. One year studying Computer Science will help students explore careers they may not have considered open to them. Students who take AP CSP -

  • Gain confidence in problem-solving abilities
  • Understand better how computers really work
  • Broaden their understanding of how computers impact every career and discipline
  • Stretch their creativity by bringing their own ideas to life
  • Learn skills that they can apply to a wide range of fields and interests
  • Learn new ways to help their community through technology

This course adequately covers the requirements of the AP® CSP curriculum and allows students to go further in more advanced topics that are outside of AP CSP requirements if they have interest and time.

  University of California A-G approved for recommended third year of [D] Science credits.

Course Outline

  1. Algorithmic Thinking
  2. Programming
  3. Data Representation
  4. Digital Media Processing
  5. Big Data
  6. Impact of Computing

Our technology requirements are similar to that of most Online classes.

A desktop or laptop computer running Windows (PC), Mac OS (Mac), or Chrome OS (Chromebook).
Students must be able to run a Zoom Client.
A working microphone, speaker, and webcam.
A high-speed internet connection with at least 10mbps download speed (check your Internet speed).

Students must have a quiet place to study and participate in the class for the duration of the class. Some students may prefer a headset to isolate any background noise and help them focus in class.

Most course lectures and content may be viewed on mobile devices but programming assignments and certain quizzes require a desktop or laptop computer.

We encourage (but do not require) students taking AP® courses to take the AP Exams administered in May by the College Board. Being an Online School, we do not conduct AP® Exams ourselves yet. See the College Board's website to find a local location near you, if your school doesn't offer these exams.

This course includes several timed tests where you will be asked to complete a given number of questions within a 1-3 hour time limit. These tests are designed to keep you competitively prepared but you can take them as often as you like. We do not proctor these exams, neither do we require that you install special lockdown browser.

In today's environment, when students have access to multiple devices, most attempts to avoid cheating in online exams are symbolic. Our exams are meant to encourage you to learn and push yourself using an honor system.

We do assign a grade at the end of the year based on a number of criteria which includes class participation, completion of assignments, and performance in the tests. We do not reveal the exact formula to minimize students' incentive to optimize for a higher grade.

We believe that your grade in the course should reflect how well you have learnt the skills, and a couple of timed-tests, while traditional, aren't the best way to evaluate your learning.

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