AP Computer Science A

Course Number: 911/912

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: College Preparatory Elective “G” Requirement

Course Description:
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP Exam in May.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Think Java by Allen Downey and Chris Mayfield (click on the book title to download for free)

Note: Please note iPad and Chromebooks do not work for the programming application.

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
Completion of:
Algebra II with a grade of “B” or better AND
Summer Preparation: CodeCademy Java Units 1 & 2