Computer Science

Master Teacher: John Partridge
Duration: One-semester course offered in both fall and spring (16 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $379 for HSLDA Members / $429 for non-members.

Description: Computer Science is broken into two parts. In the first half, students become acquainted with most Python data types and develop the knowledge needed for intermediate Python coding. Topics include variables, conditional statements, functions, and more. Students then apply their new knowledge in group projects. Students work together to create three programs: a space invaders clone, a data visualization app, and a Django web app. These projects also serve as the final exam for the course. 

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Fall: August 22, 2022 – December 16, 2022
Spring: January 9, 2023 - May 5, 2023

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Tuesdays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. John Partridge

Section 2
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. John Partridge

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
  • Students will learn

    • How to recognize and use Python 
    • How to develop an intermediate understanding of computer programming concepts 
    • How to understand databases and their functions 
    • How to explore frameworks and their importance for accurate programming 
    • How to code simple programs and games 
    • How to troubleshoot and debug computer code 
  • How much homework is in Computer Science?

    We estimate that course workload will take 5-7 hours per week. During a typical week, students complete the following coursework: 

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction 
    • Recorded lecture 
    • Class discussion post 
    • Application assignment 
    • Worksheet 
    • Quiz 

    Students complete weekly quizzes, three final projects, and various homework assignments. 

  • 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.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should be comfortable with code editors, folder structures, and path structures. 

  • 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!