Computer Science Pathways

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    Welcome to our district's page announcing new pathway programs in Computer Science.

    A pathway program is designed to expose students to a focused series of courses that will further prepare them for colleges and careers. These courses help students connect learning in the classroom with real-world application. By selecting a four-course sequence in a pathway, students will pursue an area of interest similar to a college major.

    Randolph High School is pleased to make two new pathways programs available to students beginning in the 2018-2019 school year: Computer Science and Programming Pathway & Interactive Media Pathway. More information about these programs can be found here and at the bottom of the page in the Pathways report presented to the Board of Education.

    Computer Science and Programming Pathway

    A pathway designed for students with an intense focus on computer science and programming.

    Sequence of Courses to Choose From

    Course

    Credits

    Recommended Year

    AP Computer Science Principles (required)

    5

    9th or 10th

    Programming with Python & Java Honors (required)

    5

    10th or 11th

    AP Computer Science A (required)

    5

    10th, 11th, or 12th

    Robotics (choice)

    5

    12th

    Data Structures Honors (choice)

    5

    12th

    Total Credits Needed for Pathways Distinction: 20

     

    Interactive Media Pathway

    A pathway designed for students with a passion for computers and digital media.

    Sequence of Courses to Choose From 

    Course

    Credits

    Recommended Year

    Computer Graphics and Design (required)

    5

    9th or 10th

    AP Computer Science Principles (required)

    5

    9th or 10th

    Digital Marketing (choice)

    2.5

    10th or 11th

    Smartphone Photography (choice)

    2.5

    10th or 11th

    Advanced Computer Graphics Honors (choice)

    5

    11th or 12th

    Animation and Web Design (choice)

    5

    11th or 12th

    Microsoft Office Professional (required)

    5

    10th, 11th, or 12th

    Total Credits Needed for Pathways Distinction: 20 

     

    Pathways Requirements

    • Apply to the program with guidance counselor support
    • Complete a minimum of twenty credits within the focus area
    • Complete four courses in the designated pathway program
    • Pass all courses taken in the pathway sequence
    • Students will have the option to complete senior projects through the district’s Option II program if desired

     

    Pathways Benefits

    • Provides focus in a particular area of study
    • Demonstrates a commitment to a particular area of interest
    • Allows for students to demonstrate depth of knowledge in a particular area
    • Scheduling can be cohort-based with pathways students scheduled together (when possible)
    • Pathways cohorts will be linked with Naviance to keep students informed regarding STEM and computer science college visits and other opportunities
    • Recognition on transcript and supporting documentation sent to colleges

     

    (Randolph administrators and computer science teachers discuss the new CS Pathways Program)

     

    The Randolph Pathways Program will offer students themed electives that will provide a rich background in a particular area of study while also establishing a foundation for a potential college major or career path. Pathways programs in Randolph will be open to ALL students with no GPA requirement. Students who complete a pathway program will receive on their transcript a note indicating program completion and also a letter describing the pathways program they took and the list of courses that were taken to complete the program. If students apply for college admission before completion of a pathway program, their application packet will still include program information but will be noted as being “in progress."

    Students interested in registering for a pathways program should first discuss with their counselor than apply using this application link.  

    Questions??? Please contact RHS STEM Supervisor Anthony Emmons at aemmons@rtnj.org or at 973.361.0808 x 6514.