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AP Computer Science A

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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.

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AP Classroom

Whether you’re teaching in person or online, these free, flexible online resources can keep your class on pace throughout the year.

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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.

Learn how to get started in AP Classroom.

AP Daily

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  • 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.

View the list of lessons for AP Daily videos for AP Computer Science A

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.

Course Resources

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Recruitment Toolkit

Use the resources in this toolkit to recruit students in your school for the AP Computer Science A course.

Special Focus Materials

GridWorld Resources

From Your AP Colleagues

Pedagogy

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Strategies for Teaching AP Computer Science

More than 20 activities and lessons for teaching computer science.

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Team Problems in Computer Science

Problems intended to be worked on by teams in class.

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Ethical Use of the Computer

Three lessons that promote discussion of computer ethics and unethical practices that involve technology.

Inheritance and Polymorphism Teaching Units

Web Resources

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Online Resources Recommended by AP Teachers

A list of online resources recommended by your fellow AP Computer Science A teachers.

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