Curricula from College Board–Endorsed Providers
Adopt innovative AP CSA curricula—with preapproved syllabi, lesson plans, formative assessments, and professional development—delivered by educational organizations that are endorsed by College Board. Teachers who adopt one of these out-of-the-box solutions do not need to design a syllabus from scratch.
Whether you’re teaching in person or online, these free, flexible online resources can keep your class on pace throughout the year.
Sign in to AP Classroom and explore these resources:
AP Daily videos are short, searchable instructional segments you can:
- assign to students before or after class to maximize time for discussion.
- assign alongside topic questions to address misunderstandings.
- encourage students to take advantage of on their own, on mobile devices or computers.
- track to see which students are watching each video in each class.
Topic questions are formative questions to check student understanding as you teach. Assign topic questions to reveal student misunderstandings and target your lessons.
Progress checks help you gauge student knowledge and skills for each unit through:
- multiple-choice questions with rationales explaining correct and incorrect answers, and
- free-response questions with scoring guides to help you evaluate student work.
My Reports highlights progress for every student and class across AP units.
The question bank is a searchable database of real AP questions. You can:
- find topic questions and practice exam questions, indexed by content and skills.
- search for any question, passage, or stimulus by text or keyword.
- create custom quizzes that can be assigned online or on paper.
Sign in to AP Classroom to access AP Daily.
- Made for any learning environment, AP teachers can assign these short videos on every topic and skill as homework alongside topic questions, warm-ups, lectures, reviews, and more.
- AP students can also access videos on their own for additional support.
- Videos are available in AP Classroom, on your Course Resources page.
AP Daily Instructors
Expert AP teachers across the country can support your course virtually:
- Lead teacher: Rob Schultz, Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
- Jamila Mitchell, Evans High School, Orlando, Fla.
- Jill Westerlund, Hoover High School, Hoover, Ala.
- Timothy (Tim) Gallagher, Winter Springs High School, Winter Springs, Fla.
- Sandra Czajka, Riverside Brookfield High School, Riverside, Ill.
- Sage Miller, Webster Schroeder High School, Webster, N.Y.
- Cody Henrichsen, Canyons Technical Education Center, Sandy, Utah
- Kymberly Ayodeji, The Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas
Higher Education Faculty Lecturers
Supplement your instruction with 30-minute videos on each unit hosted by college or university professors. Guest lecturers include:
- Owen Astrachan, Duke University
- Adam Cannon, Columbia University
- John Cigas, Park University
- Colleen Lewis, Harvey Mudd College
- Briana Morrison, University of Nebraska, Omaha
- Manuel Pérez-Quiñones, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
- Jennifer Rosato, The College of St. Scholastica
- Paul Tymann, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Faculty Lectures are available on the AP Classroom Course Resources page, under Overview, as well as YouTube.
Additional Resources for AP Computer Science A
The resources below can supplement your AP CSA instruction. Please note that some of these resources may not have been endorsed by College Board.
For the resources that have not been endorsed, College Board makes no warranty, express or implied, that the resources are accurate or the use of such resources will accomplish the intended result.
Use the resources in this toolkit to recruit students in your school for the AP Computer Science A course.
Java Quick Reference – 2020 Exam and Beyond
This is the updated Java Quick Reference for the 2020-2021 AP Computer Science A Exam and beyond.
Special Focus Materials
From Your AP Colleagues
Strategies for Teaching AP Computer Science
More than 20 activities and lessons for teaching computer science.
Team Problems in Computer Science
Problems intended to be worked on by teams in class.
Ethical Use of the Computer
Three lessons that promote discussion of computer ethics and unethical practices that involve technology.
Inheritance and Polymorphism Teaching Units
Online Resources Recommended by AP Teachers
A list of online resources recommended by your fellow AP Computer Science A teachers.
Teachers from various backgrounds work in partnership with TEALS volunteers to learn how to teach computer science and team-teach computer science classrooms, as well as to build a computer science program.
AP CSA Teacher Community
Access curriculum resources, instructional resources, lesson plans, programming tools and resources, recruitment resources, resources for students with disabilities, online tutorials, and articles.
CS Education Week
Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week is an annual program (the first week in December) dedicated to inspiring K–12 students to take interest in computer science. Visit the organization’s website to explore resources for students and teachers.
Computer Science Education Week Carnival Event
This updated resource guides teachers through planning a “Computer Science Carnival” for Computer Science Education Week. It includes instructions and resources for 12 accessible activities that will create excitement in elementary and middle school students for learning computational thinking skills.
How to Attract Students to Computer Science
How one teacher uses school events, counselors, and fellow teachers to attract students to computer science courses.
Current Events in the Computer Science Classroom
Ideas for using current events in discussions of how computer science is applied in daily life.
Ethical Issues: Internet Content Providers and Internet Service Providers
Background on ethical issues, and activities that illustrate these issues.
Writing Code on the AP Computer Science Exams: Important Advice for Students
A great overview of how to write code clearly on the exam in order to avoid deductions
Securing Resources for Your Program Through Partnerships
Advice from a school that has used partnerships with local businesses to support their computer science program.