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Computer Science

The College Board awards Newtown the AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award  2 years in a row for expanding young women’s access to both AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles

Newtown High School, has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to both AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles. This award acknowledges 1,105 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2021-22 school year.  Ours is one of only 64 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in both courses.


Calling ALL Newtown Females!  We want you to consider the challenge of taking a Computer Science course while a student here.  No matter if your post-high school goals are to pursue a STEM career or not, the exposure to the Computer Science courses and curricula will expand your thinking and open opportunities you may not have thought possible in your life.   


Ms. Thompson, Assistant Principal AND Computer Science teacher, is a double minority in the field.  Speak with her in Room 341 about the benefits of doing Computer Science and enroll in a class for next school year.  You'll learn things you never knew and will be able to use that knowledge in other aspects of everyday life regardless of what your future career goals are.

Newtown currently has 2 computer science options: 
1 - AP Computer Science Principles - an introductory course that teaches students how to write code and discover how computer science is involved in everything we do in modern society. No programming experience is necessary. Successful completion of Algebra 1 is required.  Students take the College Board AP exam in May.
2 - AP Computer Science A - a college-level programming course where students code using Java.  Moderate to extensive programming experience is required.  It is recommended students take AP Computer Science Principles first.  Students take the College Board AP exam in May.
We have partnered with Microsoft TEALS this school year.  Industry volunteers work alongside the Computer Science teachers to assist students in learning Computer Science and in preparing them for the College Board exams in May.