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AP Computer Science Principles

Introduce students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenge them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.

Grade Level

Appropriate for high school students

Student Pre-Requirements

No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary

Teacher Requirements

All experience levels (No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary)

About the course

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing curriculum that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students also explain how computing innovations and computing systems—including the internet—work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical.

The curriculum is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. The major areas of study in the curriculum are organized around big ideas that encompass ideas foundational to studying computer science.


The AP Computer Science Principles curriculum framework is organized into five big ideas. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the curriculum content as you like.

Big Idea 1:

Creative Development

Big Idea 2:


Big Idea 3:

Algorithms and Programming

Big Idea 4:

Computer Systems and Networks

Big Idea 5:

Impact of Computing

Emphasis is placed on creativity and collaboration as pedagogical strategies to be used to develop a diverse, appealing, and inclusive classroom environment.


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