In our extensive 2013-14 report, we found that students showed great interest in the topics covered in the curriculum; over 70% of students reported "liking" or "loving" various aspects  including robotics, programming, and website design. Students learned how to perform various computer-related tasks and reported increases in knowledge in all topics assigned.

We also found that ECS teachers have a strong social network to support their teaching, in part through collaborative workshop sessions aimed to help teachers share successful ideas and troubleshoot problems. Teachers almost unanimously thought these workshops were helpful and informative. They were also impressed with the positive impact on their students. We see similar feedback in ongoing PD evaluations.

See what students and teachers have to say about ECS:

Student Testimonials

Now I have an opportunity to enroll into a more advanced Exploring Computer Science class in college.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
[ECS] teaches me new ways to solve problems.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
It showed me all the great reasons why computer science is a great subject and career to get into.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
I could be an engineer in the future, and taking this class has helped me a lot.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
I plan to pursue a career in either Pediatrics or Biomedical Engineering and the problem solving techniques as well as the programming tips are definitely useful for my future career plans.
Student
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report

In the following video, former ECS student Y'shua Ortiz talks about the impact ECS has had on him personally. This event took place in 2013 on ECS Day at UCLA.

Teacher Testimonials

I loved it - both me and my students. I have had students say that they finally like computers.
Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
The reading really drove home the idea that just because students have access to education doesn't mean equity exists. I'm beginning to see how the teaching strategies I will use to build community in my classroom will support equity.
Teacher
CSPdWeek participant, 2017
I am so grateful to be a part of the ECS program! My students were tremendously blessed to learn more about CS and I know that they feel more empowered!
Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report
This was an amazing [PD] experience the last two years. I would love to stay involved with the larger ECS community in any capacity.
Teacher
CSPdWeek participant, 2017
I am privileged to be part of a group of educators who have a clear vision, wish to do well for public school students, follow through with their promises, and are making an impact throughout LAUSD.
Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013-14 report