Computer Science and Technology

The goal of the Middle School technology curriculum is to help students develop the computer skills to be effective and productive in an increasingly digital world.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Computer Classes (a one-semester course)
In fifth and sixth grades, students continue to build on skills introduced in Lower School. Emphasis is placed on electronic research and Google Applications. Correct procedures and operations are reinforced in all projects. Students will continue to develop programming skills, using Scratch, Bitsbox, and other languages. Other curricular opportunities are provided through code.org. Cyber safety is computer use is discussed and emphasized in every aspect of the course.

Computer Studies (a one-semester course)
Computer Studies, intended for seventh or eighth grade, is a required course. The coursework includes continued reinforcement of Google Applications skills and the use of HTML to produce Web pages. After a review of Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms, students will also be introduced to fundamental principles of computer science, including number systems and symbolic logic, and to elementary Java-based computer programming using Jeroo and Alice graphical development environments.

Using programmable robots, students will enhance their understanding of programming logic as well as the use use of variable conditions and loops. Computer instruction happens through both formal computer classes and integration into subject area courses. Cyber safety continues to be emphasized in all projects and activities.