District Looks to Add Computer Science Class to Curriculum

To supplement the lack of a Computer Science AP class at LAHS and Mountain View High School (MVHS), the MVLA school district is looking toward introducing a computer science class in the future.

While the details regarding when the class will take place and what it will entail are still unclear, the course will be offered as “a nice transition to introducing a computer programming class at both schools next year as part of our regular course offerings,” Associate Superintendent Brigitte Saraff said in a message sent out to various faculty members.

Computer science teacher Ly Nguyen created the class last year when he volunteered with students at MVHS and taught them programming skills after school.

“My primary goal is for the students to learn the art of computer science and be able to creatively write their own software,” Nguyen said. “I plan on preparing students for the Computer Science AP test and [providing] the necessary experience using today’s current and relevant technologies.”

The students last year not only prepared for the Computer Science AP test, but also competed in local competitions, placing fourth at the Stanford Programming Competition this past spring.

“I was very proud of our students, considering it was their first experience,” Nguyen said. “I plan on continuing to train the students and doing all the competitions this year, including the [Harker School and Henry M. Gunn High School] competitions.”

The class does not require programming experience. Nguyen said students who wish to enroll need a good understanding of algebraic concepts and the ability to use a computer and type well.

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