CodeHS, the leading platform for K-12 computer science education, has recently introduced its K-12 computer science curriculum designed to support Spanish-speaking English Language Learners. This newly launched initiative is another step in CodeHS’s mission to empower all students to meaningfully impact the future by enhancing accessibility and inclusivity in computer science education for Spanish-speaking students and educators.
Spanish computer science courses include web design, cybersecurity, coding in science, introduction to Python, AP CSP, and more. The courses contain lesson slides, programming exercises, and reference documentation, all translated into Spanish. Program syntax will remain in English to adhere to industry standards.
As part of the development, the courses will allow Spanish-speaking students to succeed while learning the fundamentals of computer science and programming in the language they feel most comfortable with. Teachers can teach one blended-language computer science class, allowing the English and Spanish-speaking students to study alongside one another; CodeHS makes it seamless for teachers and students to switch their default language.
Commenting on the launch, VP of Education, CodeHS, Evelyn Hunter, said:
Bridging the gap between language and coding opens doors to many opportunities for students of all backgrounds. At CodeHS, we’re excited to expand our K-12 computer science course to support blended-language classrooms.
In addition to the middle school and high school curriculum, CodeHS Elementary is also available in Spanish. Lessons and student handouts include Spanish-translated student-facing slides to complement the English version.
Co-founded by Jeremy Keeshin and Zach Galant in 2012, CodeHS recognizes the diverse nature of classrooms, and its curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of all students, no matter their background. The update to foundational programming courses is made to help students program in a language they feel most comfortable with. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company believes that in the 21st century, coding is a foundational skill, and regardless of language barriers, every student deserves access to top-quality education. By offering a K-12 curriculum in Spanish, CodeHS hopes to bridge the gap for English Language Learners and continue to encourage students about the importance of coding in its technology-driven world.