Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative


The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the opportunity to learn computer science.

[NOTE: The President did *not* mention Highline in his video address above; the district is included in the document]

Highline was one of 25 school districts in the nation praised for their commitment to supporting the President’s vision of expanded computer science curricula for K-12 students (download PDF here).

“I appreciate the President’s commitment to expanding computer science in schools,” said Susan Enfield, Highline Superintendent. “In Highline, we are proud be preparing all our students to graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate.”

In his weekly radio address, President Obama announced he will ask Congress to provide funding over the next three years for computer science learning in elementary, middle, and high schools “In the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill – it’s a basic skill, right along with the three ‘Rs.’ … Yet right now, only about a quarter of our K through 12 schools offer computer science,” said Obama.

Highline offers computer sciences on all its high school campuses, including several new computer programming classes and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. Highline is also expanding computer science offerings to the middle school level. Pacific Middle School was the only school in Washington to receive a $10,000 grant from Code.org to buy technology to support computer science learning in the classroom. This year the district held its first ever hackathon for girls to practice computer coding and explore a computer science career.

See President Obama’s Computer Science For All Initiative and Fact Sheet for more information.


3 Responses to “Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative”
  1. John Castronover says:

    Yes wonderful news for everyone, everyone of our citizens, parents, teachers and most of all the Voters within the Highline School District should all be Proud of such a high accolade.
    As an opponent to the last two District Bonds our Message was simple and clear, it does not take Hundreds of Millions of Increased Tax Dollars nor the building of New Schools to have a successful School District to prepare and educate our children and students for the high tech careers of the future.
    Thank You President Obama and to The Highline School District itself for acknowledging our message.

  2. C.Sheppard says:

    Mr. Castronover

    Nice try… I think you missed the point.

    Neither the President nor the Highline School District has acknowledged nor reinforced your message. IN FACT this announcement does exactly the opposite.
    Read again:
    Highline was one of 25 school districts in the nation praised for their commitment to supporting the President’s vision of expanded computer science curricula for K-12 students
    Hint: expanded means more. Vision alludes to something in the future… a PLAN.
    Your wife Laura is now on the Highline Capital facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC)
    Please ask her about the evaluation conducted by Integrus Architecture which found in one of their conclusions;
    “Aging buildings do not support critical technology upgrades” The committee reviewed this at their January 27,2016 meeting.

    How does the district EXPAND computer science curricula without critical technology upgrades or even the computers to teach computer science?

    No Mr. C. your message has not been reinforced.
    This announcement simply points out that the school district which you have vehemently and repeatedly criticized over the last two years, is, IN FACT pursuing “best practice” policies which are acknowledged even at the highest levels of government. The announcement applauds their commitment to this vision, not an accomplishment under their belt.
    I agree wholeheartedly with the vision and believe that the district deserves our support so that they can make good on the commitment to educate our children for the jobs of the future. It is both their and our future at stake.

  3. Laura Castronover says:

    C Shepard, I want to keep my mind open during the committee however since you named me in your comment, I need to point out a few things you had left out. The evaluation done by Integrus Architecture is one of the same architecture firms that were hired to design the new schools during the past two failed bonds. In one of our meetings it was pointed out that this was a conflict of interest. Also there are quite a lot of houses here in Des Moines built in 1910 and in the 1920s that have wifi and cable in them, so you cannot persuade me to believe you have to build a whole new building to support technology. It also would not be financially wise to ask us to pay on a twenty year bond for technology that will be phased out in five years. Furthermore, I seriously hope the Highline School District is not trying to steer this committee to support the same two bonds that were rejected previously.

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