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Register for Online Academy AP Computer Science for grades 9 - 12

 Peoria Public Schools Online Academy is offering an AP Computer Science course for students in grades 9 - 12. 

The online course is offered in collaboration with the Illinois Math Academy through the Amazon Future Engineer program and uses AP-approved curriculum focused on Java programming.

Students who take AP Computer Science in high school are eight times more likely to take computer science in college. Among Black and Hispanic students, those who take AP Computer Science in high school are seven-to-eight times more likely to take computer science in college, and among women, they are 10 times more likely to do so.

Students can take the AP computer science course at their own pace and choose whether or not they want to take the class for credit. Weekly class check-ins will be held virtually, and small in-person class sessions may be arranged.

The course will be taught by Richwoods High School business teacher Will Smith and Caterpillar Inc. Engineer Karen Raab.

Amazon Future Engineer is providing funding to more than 1,000 high schools nationwide for the AP Computer Science class. The virtual curriculum is provided by Edhesive and funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers and live online support for students and teachers.

According to an Edhesive blog post, “Nearly all Amazon Future Engineer schools serve a student body with a significant percentage of students from groups currently underrepresented in computer science and tech. Hundreds of these schools are rural, and more than 80 percent are Title I schools. Students can complete all Amazon Future Engineer coursework virtually, which ensures they can start the school year from home, stay on track, and continue to prepare for the jobs of the future.”

The Amazon Future Engineer program initiative seeks to dramatically expand access to high caliber preparatory courses, curricular resources, and programs for schools and districts to help prepare and propel high school students forward in their pursuit of AP Computer Science education.

Peoria Public School students may still sign up through this link: