Fitz showcases computer coding success

PRINCIPAL Feather Hocking highlights the success of the new Fitz Intermediate Computer Science Academy (GGUSD photo).

Fitz Intermediate Computer Science Academy, the second computer science immersion academy in the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD), hosted a showcase event on January 16 to celebrate student success with the new technology-infused curriculum.

The event opened with a performance from Fitz students in the school’s new mariachi band, GGUSD’s first intermediate school mariachi band. Fitz students delivered speeches highlighting the new 21st century technology skills learned this school year. Fitz students demonstrated how they use coding to build websites using HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) computer coding language. Guests visited classrooms to see students hard at work, demonstrating their coding skills.

“We are excited that Fitz students are learning high-level computer science skills that will help them succeed in high school, college, and an ever-changing, technology-driven job market,” said Board of Education Trustee Bob Harden.

Just like the district’s first computer science academy at Heritage Elementary School, 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 are part of the Academy, learning computer programming, robotics, coding, and other computer science skills as part of daily instruction.

As part of the program, Fitz students 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.

Fitz Intermediate Science Immersion Academy offers a pathway for students from the Heritage Computer Science Academy to continue building on their computer science and coding skills. The skills learned in each program can be used once in career technical education courses once they transition to Los Amigos High School.

The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove as well as parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Fitz is located at 4600 McFadden Ave. in Santa Ana.


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