AP Computer Science Principles
Launching in 2016-17, AP Computer Science Principles is a new computer science course designed to broaden participation in STEM fields by introducing students to the creative aspects of programming and the real-world impact of computing.
New Course Launching in Fall 2016
AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career.
Read the Introducing AP Computer Science Principles video transcript
Computer Science: The New Literacy
Whether it’s 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world. Computer science experience has become an imperative for today’s students and the workforce of tomorrow.
The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.
In development since 2008, AP Computer Science Principles was created with significant support from the National Science Foundation. The College Board worked with more than 50 leading high school and higher education computer science educators who piloted the course at their institutions. This rigorous process of development and testing has yielded a course that not only reflects the latest scholarship in the field, but provides students with a relevant and engaging learning experience.
Over 90 colleges and universities have stated their support for the course, with the majority anticipating they will award college credit for high exam scores.