Computer Science & Technology

BHS offers Exploratory Courses, like Exploring Computer Science,  Honors/AP Computer Science Principles and Technology Integration, that can be taken individually by students with no prior computer science knowledge. These courses allow students to explore how computer science applies to the social sciences, life sciences, arts and business.  

Students may also take a progression of courses to pursue a more in-depth study of computer science. Introduction to Programming can count as a dual enrollment course for students who have taken Exploring Computer Science or AP/Honors  Computer Science Principles. 

Students may elect to follow the Future Innovators Pathway, which requires two college level computer science courses at BHS in addition to two electives and an internship or 100 hour Independent Study (Flipped Internship).  Students receive additional career and academic planning in order to prepare them for career choices in computer science related fields. Students may sign-up through the Burlington High School website.

Sample course sequence for the Future Innovators Pathway:

Two Introductory Elective Courses
Take two courses that fulfill the Burlington High School Exploratory Requirements, such as:

  • 840 or 841 Introduction to Computer Science (CP 1 and Honors)
  • 830 or 832 Technology Integration I and II

Two College-Level Courses 

  • 846 Honors Computer Science Principles
  • 847 Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles
  • 843 Introduction to Programming (Dual enrollment with Middlesex College)
  • 845 Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Additional Advanced Elective Courses

  • 854 Introduction to Robotics
  • 814 Creative Business Tech
  • 834 and 836 (Honors) Technology Integration III and IV
  • Art and Design Electives for Grades 11 and 12
  • 100 Hours of Career Related Experiences 
  • 908 Career/Community Services Internship
  • 855 Independent Study (Flipped Internship)

Satisfying Prerequisites/ Opt-ing Out: Students are encouraged to follow the BHS Pathway prerequisites.  Occasionally a student may have advanced subject matter expertise. They may submit a written request to the Department Chair before February Vacation to request an interview to opt out of a prerequisite and determine the best placement

Satisfying Graduation Requirements:  Note that AP courses do not count as Exploratory credits, however they count toward Elective credits.  All other Computer Science and Technology courses count as Exploratory credits. 

 

BHS Computer Science and Technology - Example Core Course Sequences

 

Example sequences 

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Start Freshman Year

Exploring Computer Science

Introduction to Programming or

AP CS A and Exploratory Course

AP/Honors Computer Science Principles

Introduction to Programming

AP CS A

Start Sophomore Year

 

Exploring Computer Science or


 

AP/Honors Computer Science Principles or

Introduction to Programming or

AP CS A

Introduction to Programming 

AP CS A

AP/Honors Computer Science Principles

Introduction to Programming 

 

AP CS A

AP CS A and Exploratory Course

Start Junior Year

   

Exploring Computer Science 

Introduction to Programming or

AP/Honors Computer Science Principles

AP/Honors Computer Science Principles

Introduction to Programming or

AP CS A

 

       

 

         
         
Start Sophomore Year  

Exploring Computer Science 
 

 


AP/Honors Computer Science Principles
 
AP/Honors Computer Science Principles or Intro to Programming
 
Intro to Programming
AP CS A and Exploratory Course
 
 
Start Junior Year     Exploring Computer Science 

 
AP/Honors Computer Science Principles
Intro to Programming or AP/Honors Computer Science Principles
Intro to Programming or 
AP CS A
Start
Senior Year
      Exploring Computer Science

AP/Honors Computer Science Principles

 

Course Descriptions