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Clemson Classical Conversations Home School Friends,

For those interested in learning to program computers, I will be teaching AP Computer Science A during the 2024-2025 school year. The last time I taught the course, 3 students earned a 4 and one student earned a 5 on the AP exam. I am now set up to create a new class for the 2024-2025 school year using an American College Board pre-approved curriculum by Code.org. As any AP (college level) course should be, it will be challenging but doable. Please note that per American College Board Guidelines, this course is only available to 11th and 12th grade students. If you are a student in the Clemson Classical Conversations community and would like to take this course, please contact me at joe@johnsonwall.com.

When you contact me, please CC your parent as I intend all communication with you to include your parent for transparency. In the e-mail, include your name, your e-mail, your parent's e-mail, and the challenge level in which you will be participating this coming school year.

High school AP classes are 50 minutes per day, 5 days a week, plus homework at night. This particular course is an internet-based course with video instruction. While I would prefer textbook based instruction with me as your teacher, there are no longer any pre-approved curriculum which use a textbook. They are all now internet based using video instruction. I plan to offer “in-person” class at least 1 day per week. I will pre-screen the videos for the week and provide an overview on Tues, clarifying any concepts with which the students appear to struggle as I teach. If we find that my instruction of only 1 day per week is not sufficient, we will increase the number of “in-person” sessions. Classes will be taught by zoom with students always having the option to be in class in-person at my house. I will also be available for questions that may come up while the students are completing projects outside of class time.

The curriculum requires 32 weeks of instruction. Based on when the AP exam is normally scheduled, and based on natural breaks in the instruction, it would be best if we had only 14 weeks of instruction in the spring. That leaves 18 weeks to accomplish in the fall. Once the 2024-2025 CC schedule is established, we will decide where to fit 18 weeks (90 days) of computer science around the fall CC schedule. As CC only schedules 15 weeks, my current idea is for us to be in class for the two weeks prior to the first day of CC class in Aug, and to continue for the two weeks after the last day of CC in Dec.

Looking forward to working with you,

Joe Johnsonwall, MD

BS, Computer Science, Clemson University, 1993