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AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory computer science course equivalent to a college course for non-majors.

The course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity, and how computing impacts our world.

Using project-based lessons and materials throughout, students will work to address real-world problems and design solutions to put computational thinking into practice. These culminate in a capstone Performance Task project where students can demonstrate what they have learned - to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. This course will prepare students for the end-of-course AP exam.

Equipment needed: access to a computer at home for homework.

Note: a course requirement includes summer homework.


  • Computer Science
  • Visual & Performing Arts and Computer Science


UC, CSU, & NCAA Approved


10 Computer Science




10th, 11th, & 12th grades


Successful completion of Algebra 1, and teacher recommendation 

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