Business & Information Technology, Computer Science, & Marketing

Business and Information Technology, Computer Science, and Marketing courses provide students with industry-based skills in business, information technology, finance, administration, economics, entrepreneurship, management, computer applications, and international business. The courses are designed to benefit students who are planning further college study, planning a combination of college and employment, or planning full-time employment immediately after high school. Selected courses offer students industry certifications, and satisfy the Fine and Practical Arts and verified credit requirements for graduation. Several of these courses qualify students to receive college credit at Northern Virginia Community College.

2020-2021 Program of Studies

High School Courses

Work-Based Learning

Cooperative “Coop” Education Work Experience
Full year, Variable (1-3 credits) depending on hours worked
Prerequisite: Concurrently enrolled to a Career and Technical Elective

Cooperative Education is a structured method of instruction that combines classroom-based instruction and on-the-job training to help students prepare for or explore their occupational objectives. It is paid employment. Students work an average of 11 – 15 hours per week. Coop students are guided by a formal, individualized, written training plan that defines the student’s work-experience. The students are evaluated by the coordinating teacher and their employer supervisor to earn letter grades for the course and work experience. The student must pass the concurrent Career and Technical Education (CTE) course to earn course credit and work-experience credit. In addition to the course credit, students may earn 1 to 3 credits for work-experience. Students must work 396 hours for 1 credit, 792 hours for 2 credits, or a minimum of 1,188 hours for 3 credits during the current academic year. Any work-experience hours earned during the summer will count towards work credit for the next academic year, provided that the student continues enrollment in a CTE course. Student employment conforms to federal, state, and local child labor laws and regulations. Concurrent CTE courses are any of the Business & Information Technology, Computer Science, Trade & Industrial Education, Technology Education and Family and Consumer Science program electives offered in grades 10th- 12th. Reference the Program of Studies for additional course information.

IB Computer Science (HL)
Part I (36560)
Part 2 (36570)
Grades 11 – 12
Open to all Grade 11 and 12 W-L students who meet the prerequisites.

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II with a grade of B or better before the junior yearIB Computer Science is a two-year course designed to cover the beginning college level curriculum (CSI and CS2) recommended by the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and other societies in the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS).  The computer programming language Java is used to explore the curriculum. This course prepares students for the required High Level IB examination in Computer Science to be taken at the end of the senior year. Students not taking the exam will not earn the additional quality point (26560) (26570).  This IB course is weighted by applying an additional 1.0 quality point value assigned to the final grade upon completion of the two-year course of study. This course earns a Career and Technical/Fine Arts credit. Segments of this course will be taught online, thereby satisfying the graduation requirement for a virtual course.

Computer Science Principles, AP
Full year, one credit + 1.0 quality point
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra with a “B” or betterThis course offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to creative aspects of programming, using abstraction and algorithms, working with large data sets, understandings of the internet and issues of cybersecurity, and impacts of computing that affect different populations. APS Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use current technologies to solve problems and create meaningful computational artifacts. (College Board)Students are required to take the AP exam associated with this course.  Students not taking the exam will not earn the additional quality point. (23186). Segments of this course will be taught online, thereby satisfying the graduation requirement for a virtual course.

Middle School Courses

Computer Applications and Internet Technologies
Investigating Computer Science
Digital Input Technologies
Technology of Robotic Design
Multimedia Technology I (Kenmore)
Multimedia Technology II (Kenmore)