According to Code.org, 71% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, while only 8% of all STEM graduates are in the computer science field.
This concerning statistic leads us to conclude that we must transform Computer Science education, with the following priorities in mind:
- How do we best prepare our students to address the global challenges that lie ahead?
- How do we anticipate skills necessary for a rapidly changing workforce?
- How do we equip students to live and work in a world where technology impacts virtually every career?
Computer Science Certificate
VHS is committed to bringing cs education opportunities to all students through our new Computer Science Certificate Program, created as part of the White House #CSForAll initiative. Students who complete one of the certificate pathways below through VHS will earn a Computer Science (CS) Certificate and be connected to a professional in the CS field.
Additional Computer Science Initiatives
In the 2016-2017 year, VHS developed and piloted a new AP Computer Science Principles course, in an effort to join the College Board mission of expanding access to computer science education for all students. This pilot for this course was extremely successful, with 94% of students passing the AP exam, and most students earning scores of 4 or 5. In addition, VHS has recently redesigned CAD, Web Design, and Video Game Design courses, allowing students to focus on applications of computer science in different areas. VHS has also recently developed and is currently piloting a new Introduction to Computer Science Principles course. While all of these courses are offered on the typical semester or full year schedule, VHS is also working with schools and districts to deliver custom offerings of curriculum, with their own teachers, or under the direction of our experienced VHS teachers.