Sep. 2, 2015

West Ada opens computer science magnet school

The first day of school in Idaho’s largest district also signified the first day for the computer science magnet school, designed for 10th- through 12th-graders who want to take increasingly advanced courses in computer science and web design and development.

“Our goal is to prepare students with skills that are in demand,” said Staci Low, administrator of West Ada’s Professional Technical Education program. “Our curriculum is aligned to industry so students learn specific transferable skills for the work force or college and career-ready skills.”

All of West Ada’s five high schools offer freshman computer programming and web design classes, and more than 600 students are enrolled over the next two semesters. Last year, only two schools offered such classes.

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates.

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Oct. 17, 2015

West Ada School District Joins Groundbreaking National Program

by West Ada School District

West Ada School District was awarded a $3 million grant over two years - one of very few awarded across the nation.

Pathways Middle School, Crossroads Middle School, and Meridian Middle School have been selected to join the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program directed by the nonprofit Digital Promise, a program that is using mobile technology to extend learning beyond classroom walls.

The two-year program will provide students at all three middle schools with digital tablets and Verizon 4G LTE connectivity that gives them Internet access for learning at school, at home and wherever they want to take them.

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