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CodeHS South Carolina Computer Science Education Guide

In the 21st century, coding is a foundational skill, just like reading and writing. Everyone should get the chance to learn coding—it's a skill that provides limitless creative opportunity to students and future generations.

With great curriculum, resources, and support, school districts across the country can implement high-quality computer science programs. At CodeHS, our goal is to make computer science education fun and accessible to all!

Did You Know

  • South Carolina Requires Computer Science
  • South Carolina Has K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • CodeHS Curriculum is Free
  • CodeHS Courses are Aligned to South Carolina Computer Science Standards

South Carolina K-12 Computer Science Policies

The South Carolina Department of Education has mandated computer science since 1997. But many students fulfilled the high school graduation requirement by taking a half-credit course in keyboarding.

Times are changing! Based on proposed amendments State Board of Education Regulation 43-234, Keyboarding was eliminated as an option for fulfilling the one-half of the Computer Science requirement beginning with the 2018–19 school year.

By May 2017, The K-8 South Carolina Computer Science and Digital Literacy Standards for K-8 were approved to expand availability of computer science education to all students in South Carolina. Shortly after, in August 2018, South Carolina developed computer science standards for high school in response to growing employment opportunities in computer science around the state.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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South Carolina Computer Science Standards Alignment

All of the main courses offered in the CodeHS 6-12 pathway are aligned to or support South Carolina's Computer Science Standards.

CodeHS South Carolina 6-12 Computer Science Curriculum Pathway

This table shows our recommended 6-12 curriculum pathway which provides a robust, coherent computer science pathway that teaches students 5 programming languages over the course of middle school and high school.

Here you can see an overview of the courses in the CodeHS curriculum pathway.

6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Karel the Dog (JavaScript)
Tracy the Turtle (Python)
Introduction to the Internet
World of Computing
Cybersecurity (MS - 1 semester)
Web Design (MS)
Computing Ideas
Creative Computing (MS/HS Flavors - 1 semester)
Intro to VR (Mini Course Component)
Introduction to Computer Science in JavaScript
Web Design (HS)
Introduction to Computer Science in Python
AP® Computer Science Principles
Mobile Apps
AP® Computer Science A

South Carolina Computer Science Stats

  • Only 1,045 students in South Carolina took the Advanced Placement Computer Science exams in 2018 (380 AP CS A, 665 AP CSP); only 29% of exams were taken by females
  • Universities in South Carolina did not graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach computer science in 2016
  • Computer programmers and software developers in South Carolina have an average annual salary of $86,290, which is higher than the overall average state salary at $42,240
Sources: The College Board,, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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