all Computer Science classes are year-long & weighted tech electives
Start with Introduction To Computer Science or AP Computer Science?
It can be difficult to determine which computer science course you should start with. Both courses are weighted classes. The Introduction to CS class gives students a broad exposure to various concepts and several languages and environments. It does not require any prior programming experience. The AP CS class is for students that are pretty sure they will continue in Computer Science and have a good idea of what to expect.
The AP Computer Science course gives students a rigorous study of object oriented programming and various searching and sorting algorithms using JAVA exclusively. Students have the option of taking the AP test in May. Whereas many students have successfully taken AP CS as freshmen and/or with little or no prior programming experience, it will make the course more challenging. Website for last year’s class.
AP Computer Science ( overview )
Grade Placement: 9-12 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science or Programming experience suggested
for description see above Start with Introduction To Computer Science or AP Computer Science?
Digital Electronics ( overview )
Grade Placement: 10–12 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science or AP Computer Science or Teacher Approval
The transistor, arguably the single most important invention in the last 100 years, has ignited a series of changes that has changed the way people do their jobs, pay their bills, communicate, as well as educate and entertain themselves. Starting with fundamental concepts of electricity, students will learn how transistors operate and can be used to construct everything from simple logic gates to complex processors. Students will explore resistive, capacitive, basic arduino, as well as many logic circuits in hands on projects and simulations. The major project is the design and simulation of a pipelined microprocessor. Students will work alone and in small groups, utilizing tools such as a breadboard, a multimeter, an arduino, an oscilloscope, the SPICE circuit simulator, the Logisim logic simulator, a logic analyzer, an ARM assembly language simulator, and a FPGA programming platform in their projects.
Web and Mobile Applications ( overview )
Grade Placement: 10–12 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science or AP Computer Science
Advanced Computer Science ( overview )
Grade Placement: 10-12 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: AP Computer Science
Algorithms and data structures emphasizes the following topics: data structures, abstract data types, recursive algorithms, algorithm analysis, sorting and searching, and problem-solving strategies. This course introduces students to the concept of data structures through abstract data structures including lists, sorted lists, stacks, queues, deques, sets/maps, directed acyclic graphs, and graphs; and implementations including the use of linked lists, arrays, binary search trees, M-way search trees, hash tables, complete trees, and adjacency matrices and lists. This course introduces students to algorithms design including greedy, divide-and-conquer, random and backtracking algorithms and dynamic programming; and specific algorithms including, for example, resizing arrays, balancing search trees, shortest path, and spanning trees.
Grade Placement: 11-12 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Must be preceded by Advanced Computer Science and either Digital Electronics or Web & Mobile Applications or by only Advanced Computer Science with teacher approval. Can be taken concurrently with Adv Computer Science, Digital Electronics, or Web & Mobile Applications.
If you have exhausted the entire Computer Science Curriculum at LASA and you want to explore more about Computers then this course is the right fit for you. Students write a software or hardware project proposal and then work on their projects. They also have to present their work to their peers and teach each other more complex Computer Science concepts.