AP CSP Course Info

The 2017-2018 academic year will mark the third year of Westhill's Computer Science Principles course. Unlike other AP courses, AP CSP can be taught using a variety of curricula. At our school, we have chosen the Mobile CSP (cell-phoned-based) platform for teaching this important course which is designed to be a student's first introduction to computer science. For more information about the curriculum for our Mobile CSP course, click on the image on the left to view on-line course materials or click the video below to get an overview of this course. Mobile CSP shows students how to build apps for Android devices while teaching 7 basic tenets of computer science: creativity, abstraction, data, algorithms, programming, Internet and impact. AP CSP was developed by a collaboration between The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The College Board.

Teachers and Students Talk about AP CSP

Girls are Starting to Take More Computer Science Classes Because of AP CSP


Course Brochures for AP CSP

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A Student Showing How Apps are Made in this Class:

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How the CSP Advanced Placement (AP) Exam is Unlike Other AP Exams

There are two main differences between the AP CSP exam and other AP exams. Like other APs, There is a written exam taken during the first week of May. However, this exam constitutes only 60% of the students grade. In addition, students taking the exam must submit a brief video and write-up to the College Board demonstrating proficiency in programming an application of their choice (24% of the exam grade). Third, students must submit a 2-page research paper (16% of exam grade).
The other major difference is that whereas most AP Courses have a fixed curriculum, AP Computer Science Principles can be taught using a variety of curricula. At Westhill, we have chosen to teach CSP using the Mobile CSP (cell-phone-based) option with teaching materials provided by Trinity College, the College of St. Scholastica and MIT.

All AP exams are difficult. However, our students consistently report that the AP CSP exam is significantly less challenging than the AP Computer Science A exam.

Course Details Taken from the College Board Website

Computer Science Principles introduces you to the essential ideas of computer science with a focus on how computing can impact the world. Along with the fundamentals of computing, you will learn to analyze data, information, or knowledge represented for computational use; create technology that has a practical impact; and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society.