Computer Programming Classes for High School Students

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Computer programming classes are an essential part of preparing high school students for success in today’s world.

The skills your student learns in computer science classes will serve her well beyond the classroom walls — even if she doesn’t plan to pursue a computer science degree in college.

If you want to gain a better understanding of what computer programming classes are like, and how they can help your student, keep reading!


What Are Computer Programming Classes for High School Students Like?

Some computer science curriculums focus on giving students a broad overview of many different programming languages.

Others concentrate on teaching students just one or two programming languages in order to prepare them for specific jobs or higher education programs.

However, understanding the underlying computer science concepts and logic is the most important part of computer programming classes.

If your student learns how to manipulate computer programs with IF statements and loops, the programming language she chooses won’t matter that much.

She will be able to learn the basic functions of most programming languages very easily.

What are her next steps? Applying these computer programming concepts to real-world scenarios.

That’s why most computer programming classes utilize project-based learning.

In these classes, students learn to code their own websites, animations, and even video games.

In addition to developing their programming skills, these projects can also help students improve their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Keep in mind that computer science is a quickly-changing field. 

In addition to learning the basics of computer programming, it’s important for students to get a sense of some newer technologies they may encounter after graduation.

That’s why, here at Marlborough, in grades 9-12 we offer an introduction to text-based coding (with computer graphics animations and video games), as well as a survey of web development and newer technologies such as Arduino microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi mini-computers.


Why Computer Programming Classes for Are Important in High School

Employment in the computer science sector is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028 — much faster than the average for all other occupations.

There is a tremendous amount of opportunity for middle and high school students entering the field of computer science.

However, the competition for well-paid positions in this field is going to be fierce. 

Children have the capacity to learn complex computer science concepts from a very young age.

Today, students as young as six and seven are learning the underlying concepts of coding — which means your high schooler may have some catching up to do.

Unfortunately, formal computer science training is still a rare commodity in middle and high school curricula.

If you have the opportunity to introduce your student to computer science, do it as soon as possible — especially if she may wish to pursue a computer science degree in college.

The popularity of computer science programs is on the rise among college applicants.

In 2018, 135,992 students took the Advanced Placement (AP) Test in Computer Science.

Thirty-eight thousand one hundred ninety-five (38,195) of them were girls — a 183% increase from the new AP standard which was adopted in 2016.

However, despite the large gain in numbers, that still means girls make up only about 28% of test-takers.

We believe we can do better.

The concepts of computer science, engineering, and robotics are at the core of our curriculum here at Marlborough.

We teach our students essential computer science skills which will serve them well way beyond the classroom walls — whether or not they plan to pursue an advanced degree in this field.


How Students Can Develop Their Computer Programming Skills in High School

Taking computer science classes is not the only way for high school students to develop their computer programming skills.

For example, here at Marlborough, girls can enroll in Computer Science Projects, where they work on software projects of their own choosing. 

We also encourage students to take part in engineering and robotics programs that go hand-in-hand with computer science classes.

By participating in the construction and programming of real robots, students can apply their computer programming skills in a new way.

Students can also participate in summer computer science programs, such as Girls Who Code.

If they want to enhance their learning even further, they can use online resources such as CodeAvengers and KhanAcademy to work on their programming skills on their own.


Why Choose Marlborough?

Marlborough is exclusively devoted to the education of young women. 

Weaving together engineering, digital arts, robotics, media, academic research, and entrepreneurship, the Shari and Ed Glazer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Marlborough delivers a superior college preparatory education in an environment imbued with high ethical values.

Here at Marlborough, we don’t just teach girls to keep pace with the changing future.

Instead, we teach them to boldly pursue ideas which set the pace for the future.


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