Garden Grove Unified School District Launches Second Computer Science Academy

Fitz students

Garden Grove Unified School District is partnering with Code to the Future to launch the district’s second Computer Science Academy at Fitz Intermediate School beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Fitz administrators made the announcement to students and parents on April 25 during the school’s Open House celebration, which featured student performances, a tour of the school’s new Tech Lab and Media Center, and information about the school’s academic and extracurricular offerings.

The Fitz Computer Science Academy is powered by Code to the Future, recognized by the White House as the nation’s leader in developing computer science magnet schools. All Fitz Intermediate students will be part of the Academy, learning computer programming, robotics, coding and other computer science skills as part of daily instruction.

“We are excited to offer another Computer Science Academy to equip students with 21st century skills for jobs that haven’t even been created yet,” said Bob Harden, Board of Education member.  “In today’s digital age, it is more important than ever that schools offer students more opportunities to engage with the ever-changing world of technology.”

The district’s first Computer Science Academy at Heritage Elementary School was launched at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year and has experienced tremendous success.  Students who leave Heritage will now advance to Fitz Intermediate School and progress with the next level of computer science learning

As part of the program, Fitz students will benefit from a technology coach, innovative curriculum, online resources, and will collaborate with an elite group of computer science immersion school leaders from across the nation.  Heritage and Fitz students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam and enter high school with a competitive advantage.