Computer Science at Chesapeake Public Schools
Chesapeake Public Schools has a mission to promote educational excellence by engaging all students in meaningful and innovative learning experiences that empower them to successfully fulfill their life’s purpose. In that mission, CPS has prioritized the development of Computer Science learning opportunities for all grade levels. The K-12 Computer Science curriculum offers opportunities for students and teachers to address authentic, real-world problems with creative and innovative solutions. Students enrolled in our Computer Science courses will develop real-world skills and better understand how computer science fits into a wide range of domains in the world around us.
Envisioning our Future
History of Computer Science at CPS
August 2019: Chesapeake Public Schools was admitted to the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise. Digital Promise a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research. Through our League membership, we are proud to offer high-quality educational experiences to our students.
September 2019: Chesapeake Public Schools launched an elementary school STEAM initiative that is designed to expose young students to coding and programming, beginning in kindergarten. The STEAM initiative is designed to connect visual arts activities to concepts related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
2019: In December 2019, GOVirginia awarded a $2.4 million grant to the Loudoun Education Foundation for the creation of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline program in Chesapeake Public Public Schools (CPS) and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).
2020: Mrs. Lori Martin was hired to serve the district as the STEAM/CTE Coordinator.
2020: CodeVA Selected Truitt & Camelot for the CS Ready Schools Program. CodeVA’s CS Ready Schools program has a purpose to foster a collaborative model in schools – and ultimately school divisions – that supports and sustains a computer science education ecosystem.
2020: Development of Computer Science courses for middle school students.
2021: Chesapeake held its first Virtual Internship Fair with over 65 students, 12 businesses, and a resume-writing workshop with Google.
2021: Hiring of ten middle school computer science teachers.
2021: Students begin internship programs.
2021: Summer enrichment programs included Code Beats (in partnership with VCU), rising 5th-grade Computer Science, Girls Who Code, Coding and Robotics, and ten middle school Cybersecurity Externships.
2022: Computer Science Concepts courses in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade were implemented in the 2021-2022 School year. Summer enrichment programs continued in rising 5th-grade Computer Science, Girls Who Code, Coding and Robotics, and ten middle school Cybersecurity Externships.
Computer Science Advisory Board
|Mike Ihrig* Co-Chair||MI Technical Solutions|
|Susan Vitale*Co-Char||Chesapeake City Council/Microsoft|
|GiGi Badawi||Chesapeake Public Schools|
|Maurice Bastarache||Chesapeake Regional Medical Center|
|Christina Brooks||Hampton Roads Workforce Council|
|Lori Chesson||Damuth Trane|
|Jeff Faust||Chesapeake Public Schools|
|Elizabeth Haskins||Chesapeake Public Schools|
|Alex Jerasa||Dollar Tree|
|Katie Keene||Marathon Consulting|
|Colleen Leary||Chesapeake School Board|
|Keegan Morrison||Amplified IT|
|Chuck Williams||City of Chesapeake|