Foundations of Computer Science

Overview

Credits Tuition # of F2F Classes Course Length in Weeks Requirements

1.0

$600.00*

3

Summer – 6
Fall – 12
Spring – 12

  • Completion of Grade 8
  • Must be able to attend all F2F classes
  • Basic computer skills (see FAQs page)

*Tuition assistance is available. Please contact the Student Online Learning office if you have any questions. Tuition is $680 for nonresidents of Montgomery County.

Foundations of Computer Science is available in blended learning format. Blended learning combines three (two if only participating in semester A or semester B) mandatory four-hour face-to-face classes with daily online study. Face-to-face classes will be held on the first day, mid-term, and last day of the course. Students are expected to attend all face-to-face classes in their entirety.

Note: Students may take the full A/B course, only semester A, or only semester B. However, semester A must be taken and completed (either in-school or online) before taking semester B.

MCPS Course Description for Foundations of Computer Science (Course 2916/2917)

Registration

Registering for the MCPS blended learning course Foundations of Computer Science is a multi-step process. The Student Online Learning office provides information about the registration process below. For further information or clarification of a particular step, please contact the Student Online Learning office at eLearning@mcpsmd.org.

2020 Season Registration Status Details
Spring OPEN See below for the registration process. Course schedules and important dates are on the Spring Schedule tab of this page.
Summer Closed Registration will begin on April 20, 2020 at 9am. Forms will not be available until that time.

Basic Steps for Registration

  1. Complete Google Form
    1. Complete the Google Form for online Foundations of Computer Science:



    2. Read Enrollment Confirmation Email from noreply@mcpsmd.net.
      • Applications may take up to three weeks to process.
      • Enrollment confirmation emails contain payment instructions, course information, and locations and times for mandatory face-to-face classes.
  2. Make Payment
    1. Choose Payment Option.
      • Option #1: Mail or hand-deliver a check or money order to the Student Online Learning office.
      • Option #2: Submit an online payment (MasterCard or Visa) after receiving enrollment confirmation. The Enrollment Confirmation email will contain instructions for submitting an online payment. Do not submit payment until enrollment is confirmed.
      • The Student Online Learning office must receive your payment within ten business days of enrollment confirmation. Failure to provide payment may result in being withdrawn from the course.

Next Step:

  • Wait for Course to Start
    • Approximately one week before the course starts, your online teacher will contact you via email with important course information and instructions for accessing the online classroom.

Summer Schedule

2020 Summer Schedule

Location of Face-to-face Classes: Gaithersburg High School — 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (map)

*** NOTE: All dates and times are subject to change. ***

Summer Session Course Session Dates Status Locations of F2F Classes Times of F2F Classes Dates of F2F Classes
1 FoCS A/B 6/27/20 – 8/8/20
(6 weeks)
- Gaithersburg HS 9am – 1pm 6/27/20, 7/18/20, & 8/8/20
FoCS A 6/27/20 – 7/18/20
(3 weeks)
- Gaithersburg HS 9am – 1pm 6/27/20 & 7/18/20
FoCS B 7/18/20 – 8/8/20
(3 weeks)
- Gaithersburg HS 9am – 1pm 7/18/20 & 8/8/20

Fall Schedule

2019 Fall Schedule

Location of Face-to-face Classes: Richard Montgomery High School — 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852 (map)

*** NOTE: All dates and times are subject to change. ***

Fall Session Course Session Dates Status Times of F2F Classes Dates of F2F Classes
1 FoCS A/B 10/8/19 – 1/7/20 Concluded 4pm – 8pm 10/8/19, 11/19/19, & 1/7/20
FoCS A 10/8/19 – 11/19/19 Concluded 4pm – 8pm 10/8/19 & 11/19/19
FoCS B 11/19/19 – 1/7/20* Concluded 4pm – 8pm 11/19/19 & 1/7/20

*Class will not take place during winter break. The course spans over 13 calendar weeks due to time off for winter break.

Spring Schedule

2020 Spring Schedule

Location of Face-to-face Classes: TBD

*** NOTE: All dates and times are subject to change. ***

Spring Session Course Session Dates Status Times of F2F Classes Dates of F2F Classes
1 FoCS A/B 2/13/20 – 5/14/20 * In Progress 4pm – 8pm 2/13/20, 3/26/20, & 5/14/20
FoCS A 2/13/20 – 3/26/20 In Progress 4pm – 8pm 2/13/20 & 3/26/20
FoCS B 3/26/20 – 5/14/20 * - 4pm - 8pm 3/26/20 & 5/14/20

*Class will not take place during spring break. The course spans over 13 calendar weeks due to time off for spring break.

FAQs

Enrollment and Registration

Students are eligible to take Foundations of Computer Science A/B after completing Grade 8. Students currently in Grade 8 are eligible to register for the summer course when registration opens for summer courses.

Yes, a student can enroll for semester A and/or B. However, semester A must be completed (either in school or online) before taking semester B.

Detailed information about enrollment is available on the Registration tab on this page.

General Course Info

Online courses use the same curriculum and learning outcomes as the courses taught in traditional school. They are designed to take advantage of the online format. Most classwork may be done from home. Students who are most successful with online courses have good time management skills and are self-motivated.

The same grading and credit policies apply to online courses as to traditional courses offered in classrooms.

All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers who have been trained to teach in an online environment. MCPS blended learning courses are taught by MCPS teachers.

Yes, attendance is mandatory. Students cannot receive credit if they are unable to attend the entirety of all face-to-face classes. If a student's schedule will not allow him/her to attend all of the face-to-face classes, the student should not enroll in the class.

No, students must attend the scheduled face-to-face classes for the section in which they are enrolled. We are unable to make arrangements for students to attend face-to-face classes for other class sections. (See previous FAQ.)

The exact agenda depends on the course and the face-to-face class date, but important content is covered in each class. Examples of activities in face-to-face classes include:

  • Discussing course requirements and processes
  • Introducing the online environment
  • Organizing group projects
  • Covering key curriculum concepts
  • Creating hands-on projects

The amount of time spent on each course will vary by student.

Students are not required to be online at specific times but all deadlines are expected to be met. There are no common times that all students need to be online.

Students may complete the online portion of the course wherever they can obtain a secure and reliable internet connection.

There are opportunities for a student to work ahead. If you want to complete work in advance of the class schedule, communicate with your teacher to develop a plan.

Instructors will have office hours when they can be reached online or by phone.

No, your online course grade will not appear on a report card. Check your transcript a few weeks after the class ends to verify that your grade has been placed on your transcript. If the grade is not recorded, immediately contact the Student Online Learning office.

Tuition

The tuition for an online course is $300 per half credit (subject to change each year) for the Foundations of Computer Science (1.0 credit) online course. Tuition assistance is available, based upon financial need. Contact the Student Online Learning office for more information.

Refunds will be given when:

  • a student withdraws at least two business days prior to the first face-to-face class, or
  • a student has been placed on the waitlist and is not enrolled in the course.

No refunds will be given once the first face-to-face class has begun.

General Hardware and Software Requirements

Online courses require basic computer skills. Students need computer skills such as navigating websites, uploading and downloading files, using word processing software, using Google Drive and Google G Suite applications, formatting text and page layouts, using presentation software, using spreadsheet software, saving and updating files, locating files in a computer, and downloading and installing software.

Hardware: Any Windows computer running Microsoft-supported operating systems or Apple computer running MAC OS 10 (or higher) can access our online course content. Students need a reliable internet connection.

Software: The latest version of Google Chrome (preferred browser) or Mozilla Firefox with Flash player installed will be needed to access course content. Students need access to a G Suite account or a word processing program that can open and save Microsoft Word format or Rich Text Format (RTF) files in order to open and submit assignments. The capability to work with PDF files (saving as, opening, etc.) may be necessary. Files submitted in Mac OS Pages (Apple) format will not be accepted.