New Classes Offered at the Secondary Level

Jan 17, 2019

Video Game Design Class Hard at Work.Frisco ISD high school students will have three more choices to consider as they make course selections this spring.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the District will offer Advanced Video Game Programming and Cybersecurity at the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) and Gifted and Talented American Studies at all ten high schools.

These expanded opportunities were made possible thanks to the approved Tax Ratification Election in November. The District continually seeks to ensure students are college and career ready as the needs of employers and society change over time.

“In Frisco ISD, we work to strategically align student interest with highly relevant future-ready learning opportunities like Cybersecurity and Video Game Programming,” said Katie Kordel, Chief Academic Officer. “These courses broaden student opportunity while preparing students for future-focused careers in areas of strong personal interest.”

Advanced Video Game Programming
Students now have an opportunity to take Advanced Video Game Programming at the CTEC during their senior year after they have completed Video Game Programming, a course that has previously been the most advanced course the District offered.

Students have voiced continued interest in the current Video Game Programming course and requested more courses within the computer science pathway related to the game industry.  

Students will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Animation class in the spring semester of the course to develop a video game.

This expanded pathway will enable the District to improve the preparation for students planning to enter the game industry and expose students to valuable experiences in this career field.

Cybersecurity will be offered at the CTEC for 10th to 12th graders as a State credit within the Information Technology Pathway.

Cisco Networking students at the CTEC have attended cybersecurity conferences for the past three years.

“The students came back from the conference wanting to learn more,” said Kip Bledsoe, Cisco Technology teacher. “The cybersecurity class ties in perfectly with our digital citizenship initiative and provides students the opportunity to learn just what hackers can do with their information.”

A new report out from Cybersecurity Ventures estimates there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021 worldwide, up from one million openings last year.

Many of these positions are not filled in the United States because of lack of training. Cybercrime is expected to cost the world six trillion by 2021, up from three trillion in 2015.

The cybersecurity class will provide a solid foundation for students who want to go on to major in cybersecurity in college.

Gifted and Talented (GT) American Studies
GT American Studies will be offered to 11th graders at all high schools. This class will be double-blocked with a co-teaching, interdisciplinary model between an AP US History teacher and an AP Language Arts teacher.

This class will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exams in AP US History and AP English Language and Composition while addressing the unique social and emotional needs of gifted learners.

GT American Studies will be a study of the development of United States through the integration of history, literature, writing, art, architecture, philosophy, music and dance. The course will focus on the philosophical foundation of American thought while exploring themes of progression, reconstruction, conflict, human rights, migration, perspective and change.

Further information on these and other courses can be found in the District Academic Guide and Course Catalog.

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