Highline is preparing students for 21st-century careers, by offering cutting-edge computer science courses. Only 40 percent of schools in the U.S. offer computer science, but Highline students can take computer science courses across the district. In an introductory course, Exploring Computer Science, students learn about the fundamentals of computer science.
Now students at four high schools can also take Advanced Placement computer science. Next year, AP Computer Science Principles will be offered at two additional high schools.
The course introduces students to programming, using abstractions and algorithms, working with large data sets, understanding how the Internet works, cybersecurity, and social impacts of computing.
Students use technology to solve problems and create meaningful programs. For their culminating project and exam, students create and build an app.
As a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, Highline is recognized as a leader in computer science education.