The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an AP Computer Science Preparatory Sequence for Underrepresented High School Students


The Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) has been awarded a grant of from the National Science Foundation Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program to increase access to and success in computer science education for underrepresented youth of color.


This grant enables LPFI to further develop the computer science course sequence within the SMASH Academy, ultimately providing a three-summer and on
e-academic year sequence of computer science courses for students and professional development for instructors, with the  ultimate goal of preparing students to take and pass the AP Computer Science A (and AP Computer Science Principles) course. This project aims to directly impact student engagement, interest, and computer science aspirations, and significantly increase the number of high school students of color in California taking computer science courses and taking and passing the AP Computer Science exams.

This project will also provide a scalable model for replication of computer science pathways to college among
underrepresented high school students of color in out-of-school settings, to greatly expand the number of African American and Latino students within the computer science
pipeline.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under CE21 Grant Number 1339424.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.