Chicago Public Schools Announces Computer Science as Graduation Requirement

| Adam J. Hecktman

Computer Science Education Week at Chicago Public Library
Photo: Chicago Public Library

Chicago has a reason to celebrate today. As part of Chicago’s Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative, the Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved the addition of computer science as a graduation requirement for all Chicago Public Schools high school students beginning with next year’s freshmen. This makes CPS the first major urban school district to make computer science a requirement for graduation.

We have witnessed first-hand the power of STEM education while working with Lake View High School, an Early College STEM School. Microsoft has been working with Lake View to provide curriculum, mentorship, and partnership, while working with their visionary teachers and leadership. The goal is to bridge the wide gap between demand for STEM professionals and the limited supply of students graduating with the matching skills. Chicago is doing its part to close that gap.

In working with CPS, Microsoft has now seen a glimpse into what the future of technology looks like, and it is extremely promising. Team Microsoft wishes to congratulate CPS and all the teachers, students and staff who have worked so hard to make this possible. Read on: 

New CPS Computer Science Graduation Requirement to Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

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Adam J. Hecktman

You may recognize Adam. He’s a regular on TV, you can hear him on the radio, he’s penned numerous articles and is the co-founder of the Chicago City Data Users Group. But some of Adam’s most important work is done behind the scenes in his role as Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Engagement for Chicago. Tech giants, universities and government leaders turn to Adam for guidance on all matters technology, and he happily obliges, helping Chicago overcome challenges and capitalizing on new, exciting opportunities.