Computer Science

Master Teacher: Stephen Krason
Duration: One-semester course offered in both fall and spring (17 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $349 for HSLDA Members / $399 for non-members.

Description: In Computer Science, students will learn about more advanced topics such as the Python programming language, databases, code editors, folder structures, and path structures. The course is broken into two main areas: the development of skills and knowledge to help students become intermediate Pythonistas, and collaboration-based work in completing several group projects. Computer Science is an excellent capstone for students who have taken Computer Skills and Graphic & Web Design, or who have a natural aptitude for programming languages.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Fall: August 23, 2021 – December 17, 2021
Spring: January 10, 2022 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Fall: Closed
Spring: Closed

Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Adam Shaw

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What kind of computer do I need for Computer Science?

    For Computer Science, students will need a laptop or desktop computer with Windows, MacOS or Linux operating system on it.

    Minimum requirements are:

    • Intel 2nd generation i3 or higher processor
    • Any Macbook, iMac, or MacBook Pro from 2012 or later
    • No Chromebooks
  • What topics will I learn about in Computer Science?

    This course will be divided into two main segments. During the first ten weeks, students will become acquainted with most Python data types and develop the knowledge needed for intermediate coding in Python.

    Topics that will be covered in the first ten weeks are:

    • Variables
    • Lists
    • Conditional Statements
    • Dictionaries
    • User Inputs
    • Loops
    • Functions
    • Classes
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging

    The last six weeks of the course are project-based and students will actually make three programs:

    • A space invaders clone
    • A data visualization app
    • A web application with Django
  • How much homework is in Computer Science?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Recorded lecture
    • Class discussion
    • Application assignment
    • Worksheet
    • Quiz
  • What books will I use in Computer Science?

    The official booklist for Computer Science is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take Computer Science?

    This is a high school-level course. Students are expected to read and comprehend at a high school level, to study independently, and to keep up with course assignments. They must take the initiative to study the syllabus, remain aware of course deadlines, be prepared for live class sessions, and ask for help when help is needed. Computer Science requires the student to be comfortable with code editors, folder structures, and path structures. It is possible to follow this course as a complete beginner if students have a natural aptitude with programming languages.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Computer Science?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed Computer Science class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.

  • What is the tuition for Computer Science?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on Computer Science in addition to Early Registration discounts!