service cs pathways

CS-4-Service High

Over the last four years Service HS has been expanding its offerings in computer science in order to provide students with a fully-formed CS Pathway. Incoming freshman this year will be the first to be able to take a computer science course every semester of their high school years without repeating any courses. The current and future course offerings at Service HS are listed below.

Below are the current and planned computer science courses offered at Service High School. Students with little or no coding experience are encouraged to take the courses listed under 'Beginning Courses.'

Sophomores with strong math skills are highly encouraged to take the AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) course or Cybersecurity course (starting next year) regardless of whether they have had any experience with coding. Students taking AP CSP and Cybersecurity will learn about wide-ranging computer science concepts and how CS is related to many career fields.

Only students with a year or more of coding courses and strong math skills are encouraged to enroll in AP Computer Science (AP CS) as it is an advanced Java coding course.

Visit the course page for any of the courses you might be interested in to learn more about what is covered.

Service CS Pathways

3D Modeling and Animation

This semester course is introduces students to using computers to animate and create 3D assets such as characters and environmental objects. Students will explore how to create both 2D and 3D animation using tools such as Scratch, Javascript, Adobe Animate and Blender.

Course Requirements: There are no course prerequisites, but students should be ready to be creative and artistic and open to learning some coding.

Contact: Please contact your Service HS counselor or email roberts_devon@asdk12.org if you are interested in enrolling in a computer science class.

Game Design & Development

Students will learn about both game design and game development as they work to become proficient with using Unity to build both 2D and 3D games during the semester long course. The course will include an introduction to coding using C# (C-sharp). We will explore a variety of game genres during the course. The semester culminates with students creating a game of their own design.

Course Requirements: There are no formal requirements for this course; informally students must have a creative side and be open to learning some coding.

Contact: Please contact your Service HS counselor or email roberts_devon@asdk12.org if you are interested in enrolling in a computer science class.

Mobile App Development

In this semester course, students will learn how to create mobile apps that work across major platforms (iOS and Android). Students will gain experience using tools such as MIT App Inventor and Thunkable along with programming concepts and software development tools to create useful mobile apps they can share with their friends and family. This course culminates in students working in pairs to create an app useful to a community member or organization.

Course Requirements: There are no formal course requirements; students should be open to creative problem solving in service to others.

Contact: Please contact your Service HS counselor or email roberts_devon@asdk12.org if you are interested in enrolling in a computer science class.

PLTW AP Computer Science Principles

This is a year long introduction to computer science. No previous computer science experience is necessary, but students should be prepared for a college level exploration of the diverse field of computer science. Students will learn the fundamentals of Python programming as they explore topics as wide ranging as cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, how the Internet works, and big data visualization techniques. Students will complete a capstone coding project during the spring and submit some analysis of their process and product as part of their AP portfolio.

While this course is designated as an Advanced Placement course, we largely complete our work in class - there will not be a lot of outside work. Students are expected to sit for the AP CSP Exam in the Spring semester.

Course Requirements: There are no formal requirements; it is helpful for students to have strong math skills and a desire to learn a moderate amount of coding. This course is recommended for grades 10-12.

Contact: Please contact your Service HS counselor or email roberts_devon@asdk12.org if you are interested in enrolling in a computer science class.

PLTW AP Computer Science A

This is a year long intensive Java computer programming course. Students will delve into Java computer programming fundamentals and syntax, and once that is under our belt we will advance to create a variety of programs and algorithms to make music, sort data, and develop full-fledged applications. This course is designed for those who are passionate about coding.

Course Requirements: Students must possess strong Algebra skills and be enrolled in Geometry or higher. As this is an Advanced Placement course, it is of college rigor and students are expected to sit for the AP Computer Science A Examination. This course is recommended for grades 11-12

Contact: Please contact your Service HS counselor or email roberts_devon@asdk12.org if you are interested in enrolling in a computer science class.

Cybersecurity

This is a Project Lead the Way Course like PLTW AP CSP and PLTW AP CS which means it is extremely hands-on. This course involves students exploring white hat hacking and the computer ethics needed in the field of cybersecurity. Students will learn about various types of malware, encryption practices, penetration testing, packet sniffing and more. If you are interested in this course, please contact your counselor at Service High School to get on the list or email the CS instructor Devon Roberts @ roberts_devon@asdk12.org

CS/IT internship

Service is working with the Anchorage School District Career and Technical Education Department in order to provide opportunities for students to gain workplace skills as interns in local companies and organizations Informational Technology departments. Please contact roberts_devon@asdk12.org if you are interested in pursuing an internship in this area. It is possible students could be placed this year if there is interest.