The new Coding Academy program will be modeled on our current 8th Grade Academy model, which takes place during the regular Extended Learning Time schedule.
8th graders who participate in this program are assigned a volunteer coach from a corporate partnership. Every other week, students travel off campus to meet with their coaches at corporate offices and continue to work on their projects back at schools. This field component provides the student with an additional opportunity to experience a professional environment and to learn directly from their coach.
We have identified several ways we wish to expand and re-imagine our 8th Grade Academy to better support students' readiness for the rigors of high school, and readiness for future STEM based careers, for the upcoming year. One way in particular is to pilot this Coding Academy program in partnership with corporate partners such as Google (and hopefully others, as well).