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    Computer Science (Elementary School)

    An HEB ISD Schools of Choice Program


    Computer Science is a set of special opportunities offered to students through HEB ISD's Schools of Choice program. Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, students at Harrison Lane and Midway Park elementary schools will be able to build their knowledge in one of the world's fastest growing career paths.

    By creating an inclusive computer science culture at the school, all students will be able to participate in computer science classes starting in Kindergarten. Students in grades K-3 will have bi-weekly computer science lessons with the computer science teacher. In addition, the computer science and classroom teachers may teach/co-teach additional lessons aligned to the core curriculum. In grades 4-6, students can opt in to the CS Program, where they will take Computer Science during their Fine Arts rotation in lieu of Art (fall) and Music (spring). During this time, Art and Music projects will be built into the CS curriculum at each grade.

    The students will be able to continue their studies in junior high, through the Engineering & Robotics pathway (Central JH) or the Cybersecurity/Network Technology pathway (Euless JH and Hurst JH). Both STEM programs have related courses offered for high school students at the Buinger CTE Academy. (Classes at BCTEA are available to students from both L.D. Bell and Trinity High Schools.)


    What is Computer Science?

    Computer science, or the study of learning to code, is more than a skill set. Computer science fosters creativity, encourages trial and error, and teaches students critical thinking. Development of these skills at an early age is critical to a student's success, both personally and academically.


    Why should I take Computer Science?

    Computers and computing technology are part of everything we do - from the cars we drive to the movies we watch to the businesses we shop with. Having a strong background knowledge of computers and computer science will enable students to be better problem solvers and out-of-the-box thinkiners, as well as better collaborators and communicators. The elementary program will give students exposure to many types of careers and opportunities open to them as they grow. They will be able to explore a variety of technology tools and gain experience working in teams to solve problems as they learn.

    Student shows a laptop with Hour of Code activity in progress

  • What is Schools of Choice?

    HEB ISD's Schools of Choice programs go beyond the "core" curriculum. These limited enrollment programs focus on specific, special topics. Students can grow their artistic talents, explore cutting-edge advancements, and develop skills to compete with a global workforce.

    Each program has its own set of requirements and its own academic path to completion, giving families the freedom to decide which path is right for their child.

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