Kent Denver Curriculum Guide and Course List

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Computer Studies

The Computer Studies (CS) department offers elective coursework to students in the areas of technology and computing. Courses in this discipline develop computational thinking, programming and computer science skills through algorithmic development, collaborative thinking and creative expression.

Through topics such as web development, electronics and digital citizenship, courses are anchored in real world problems, content and ideas. Students choose to begin their CS sequence with a computational thinking or programming course.

  • Computational thinking offers a broad understanding of algorithms, information and data, and current technology concepts.
  • Programming applies computational thinking to a formal coding language, diving deeper and learning to navigate and write code.

Other computer science skills—including design, data storage and optimization—provide students a foundation for a college major in computer science.


Meet Our Computer Studies Faculty and Information & Innovation Team

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Alex Clement

Alex Clement

Titles: Director of Information Management
Biography:

B.A. - Physics

"From teaching to programming to leading our student teams, my job never feels monotonous and always presents me with new opportunities to grow and learn."

Mr. Clement says teaching constantly requires him to master new tools and technologies. "One of the many reasons I enjoy teaching at Kent Denver is the great diversity of opportunities afforded to me," he says.

Wendy Daniel

Wendy Daniel

Titles: Librarian and Education Technologist, REEFS instructor, Site Director for GOA and One Schoolhouse
Biography:
B.S. - Broadcast Communications
M.A. - Library and Information Science

"I love being a librarian at Kent Denver because my job allows me to work with students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents."

Ms. Daniel provides a wealth of information and resources to students and faculty in her role as a librarian and educational technologist for both the Middle and Upper schools.

Prior to joining Kent Denver's Information and Innovation team, Ms. Daniel worked as a television producer, writer and editor.
Michael Ehrenfried

Michael Ehrenfried

Titles: Chief Innovation Officer; Director of Institutes; Chair, Computer Studies
Biography:

B.S.E. - Electrical Engineering
M.A. - Educational Technology Leadership

"Students have amazing ideas about the world, and I enjoy exploring and developing many of these ideas with them."

At Kent Denver, Mr. Ehrenfried has the opportunity to work with the global leaders of tomorrow, and that's what motivates him to come into work every day.

Phillian Haynes

Phillian Haynes

Titles: Computer Studies Teacher, Robotics Coach
Biography:
B.S. - Computational Biology

"I enjoy teaching because I truly believe that everyone can benefit from experience with computer science and computational thinking!"

As an Institute of Technology and Design advisor, computer science teacher, robotics coach and Middle School elective leader, Mx. Haynes has a huge impact on students across all grades Kent Denver.

Before coming to KDS, Mx. Haynes taught English in Japan for two years with the Japan Exchange and Teaching. A past competitive fencer, Mx. Haynes currently runs marathons for fun!
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