At Robert College, students are expected to follow the rapidly changing developments in technology. Our goal is to help them gain the necessary mindset, skills and creativity to be able to stay at the forefront of these developments. Technology’s place in the modern world, and its effects on life and society are a major component of all Computer Science courses.
Since the 2017-18 academic year, the Turkish Ministry of National Education (MEB) has increased the number of hours for the Prep compulsory computer lessons, and the number of teachers in our department has recently increased as well. According to the new MEB curriculum, by 2022 all RC students will learn the basics of programming by the time they finish school.
Our Computer Science department is closely linked with other departments. Students prepare for the AP exams with advanced computer elective courses that include Math skills. Web design and other Prep units of study aim to show students how to use computers from an artistic approach.
The majority of students taking the RC Advanced Computer course score 5/5 on the AP test. The new LP curriculum will likely affect the elective programming courses that 11th and 12th grade students can elect to take two years later, and many more students are expected to be able to take the AP Programming course directly without the need for an Introduction to Programming course.
Currently, three hours of computer lessons are given to Prep students, 11th and 12th grade students are offered Java programming language at two levels of elective courses. In the Prep course, current trends and problems are examined. Although the majority of the courses are held in the computer laboratory, some Prep classes meet in classrooms where students use their own laptops. All computer lessons are taught in English.
At Robert College, the Computer Science Department also serves as a facilitator in the use of technology in education. It updates the curriculum according to developments in technology and software, and provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in technology. Our department teachers also advise co-curricular activities and help enthusiastic students increase their skills in coding for applications and robotics.