Computer Science

Certain word-processing, spreadsheet, and online research skills are developed within the curriculum of the major academic disciplines. Additionally, all ninth graders take a Freshman Seminar that covers technology topics related to the TigerNet, Thayer Academy's campus computer network. The Computer Science Department focuses on the study of computer programming and the theory and the algorithmic approaches that form the core of programming.

Programming I (C++)

Students with experience, motivation, and high intellectual ability may be admitted to this full-year course which covers the fundamental algorithmic and flowcharting skills, logic development, control structures, functions, and data types which lead to advanced topics in computer science. Additional topics include searching and sorting algorithms, file management processes, and hardware and operating system proficiency. Meets 3 times per week.

AP Computer Science (Java)

The focus of this full-year course will be the curriculum set forth by the Advanced Placement (AP) Committee in Computer Science. In addition to regular course work, students will be required to participate in all contests of the American Computer Science League. (Prerequisites: Programming I and permission of the instructor.) Note: This course is generally offered every other year. It will be offered in 2016-17. Meets 3 times per week.

Data Structures in Java

This full-year course will begin with a very intense review geared to the topics taught in the AP Computer Science course. The focus of this course will be on advanced data structures (linked lists, stacks, queues, and binary trees), data files, and the major algorithms of sorting and searching. The other essential component of this course will be the development of an in-depth approach to graphical programming in Java. In addition to regular course work, students will be required to participate in all contests of the American Computer Science League. (Prerequisites: Programming I, AP Computer Science and permission of the instructor.) Note: This course is generally offered every other year. It will be offered in 2016-17. Meets 3 times per week.

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