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.
Appropriate for high school students
No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary
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.
Algorithms and Programming
Computer Systems and Networks
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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