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Computer Science Academy (CSA)

Creative Problem Solving for the 21st Century

  • Courses focus on learning computer science concepts through inquiry and projects.
  • Themes and practices include the creative nature of computing, problem-solving using technology as a tool, and seeing the relevance and impact of computer science.
  • Students in CSA take their Computer Science class and their English class together with the same students. The teachers work to build projects and skills across the curriculum – together we form a small learning community.
  • College and career skills are built into the courses to prepare students for higher education and future work as computing professionals.

Why Computer Science?

Computational thinking is important across ALL subjects, not just computer science.


More than 50 percent of all math and science jobs are for computer scientists.


• Computer science jobs are the highest-paying jobs for new graduates.


• Computing jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of computer science graduates.


AOIT field trips to local universities, tech companies, game companies, and hackerspaces.


Guest speakers from the tech industry to talk about various subfields within computer science.


Internships and summer opportunities with local companies.


• Information and communication technologies is the fastest growing job sector in San Francisco.


• You can create cool mobile apps, games, and other software that have an impact on society.



Exploring Computer Science (10th Grade)


Computers and the Internet

• Societal impacts of computing

• Algorithms and abstraction

• Connections between Math and Computer Science

• Programming

• Models of Intelligent Behavior

• Web page design and development

• Data and Information

• Robotics

Intro to Computer Programming (11th Grade)


Fundamental computer programming concepts and skills

• Computer programming from practical perspective

• App Inventor for Mobile App Design

• Python programming language

• User Interface Design

• Game Programming

• Design Cycle

• Creative Computing

• Problem-solving, problem analysis, and algorithm design

• Debugging and testing

• Professional norms of the software development industry

• Career opportunities in programming


Advanced Placement Computer Science A (12th Grade)


Java Programming Language

• Object-Oriented Program Design

• Program Implementation

• Program Analysis

• Standard Data Structures

• Standard Algorithms

• Computing in Context 


Courses in CSA Cohort

10th grade

11th grade

12th grade

English 2 (CSA)

American Literature (CSA)

English/European Literature (CSA)

Exploring Computer Science (CSA)

Intro to Programming (CSA)

AP Computer Science A (CSA)