Bringing Computer Science Education to Students in Grades K-12


Computer Science Education

Champaign Schools now offers a Computer Science Course of Study to students in grades 9-12 attending Centennial and Central High Schools. These courses were developed through collaboration with the University of I llinois Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics departments. 

Computer Science Curriculum

Introduction to Modern Computing

1/2 credit; either semester; open to grades 9-12; Academic Level Course

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. The focus is on the conceptual ideas of computing by having students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. Students will develop computational practices of algorithm development in addition to problem solving and programming within the context of situations that are relevant to their lives. Students will also be introduced to topics such as mobile app development and societal and ethical issues in relation to technology and computing.

Applied Computing

1/2 credit; either semester; open to grades 9-12; Academic Level Course

Applied Computing will allow students to explore computer science through a project-based curriculum. Students will learn to apply problem solving algorithms to help plan out an efficient path to completing a specific task. Students will work collaboratively to learn to apply computer programming and debugging strategies through a variety of different platforms which will include robotics, mobile app development and other programming applications.

Dual Credit Courses offered through Parkland

Introduction to Computer Programming – CIS 122 – Dual Credit* 
Basic PC Maintenance/Operating Systems Concepts (Intro to Computer Repair) – CIS 137 – Dual Credit* 
PC Hardware and OS Maintenance (Computer Repair I)  – CSC 133 – Dual Credit*  
Introduction to Computer Networks – CSC 130 – (Implemented 2015-2016) – Dual Credit*.