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CodeHS Utah 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

  • Utah Requires Schools to Offer Computer Science
  • Utah Has K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • CodeHS Curriculum is Free

Utah K-12 Computer Science Policies

Utah has recently been called a "high-tech mecca," even rivaling Silicon Valley. However, the gap in computer science skills and open computing jobs is widening meaning the education system is not graduating enough qualified workers to fill these positions.

Utah lawmakers are slowly making changes to improve computer science education across the state. In 2016, the Senate Bill 93 passed providing funding for teachers to earn computer science certifications and in 2017, the Senate Bill 190 created a Computing Partnerships Grants program to develop K-16 computer science pathways.

Sources: Utah Department of Education, Code.org, Silicon Slopes Utah Newsroom

CodeHS Computer Science Standards & Framework Alignments

CodeHS offers the most comprehensive course pathway across grades 6-12, starting with introductory level block programming courses all the way up to AP level text-based programming courses in many languages.

CodeHS courses align with the following standards

CodeHS Utah 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
Cybersecurity
AP Computer Science Principles
Mobile Apps
AP Computer Science in Java

Utah Computer Science Stats

  • Approximately 5,000 computing jobs are open in Utah and this number is rapidly growing
  • Computer programmers and software developers in Utah have an average salary of $81,000, which is almost double the average state salary
  • In 2018, only 16% of high schools in Utah offered an AP computer science course in 2018
    • Out of 184,000 high school students in Utah, only 376 students took an AP computer science exam
  • Only 6 new teachers graduated from Utah universities prepared to teach these subjects
Sources: The College Board, Code.org, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Bring a high-quality computer science pathway to your Utah school district. Contact the CodeHS team today to learn more at codehs.com/learnmore or hello@codehs.com.
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