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Northwestern High School Coding Camp

Three-Week Front End Coding Immersion

Day-time, live remote classes for high
school students begins July 19, 2021

To apply,
call 312-847-2114
Engaging Summer Learning Experience
Students will learn in-demand browser-based technologies through a challenging and engaging curriculum including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery.*
Students will benefit from hands-on learning with maximum support. The remote classroom environment allows students to ask questions, easily get help from instructional staff, and collaborate with their peers.
Students will create sample portfolio pieces and earn a certificate of completion from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies to showcase their accomplishments on college applications.
Students will attend dynamic, instructor-led live classes five days a week during the day — from the comfort of home, or any location.
Students will gain valuable life skills applicable to future experiences, from critical-thinking and problem-solving to teamwork and effective communication.
*The material covered in this program is subject to change based on market demand.

According to a report by Google and Gallup, about half (47%) of principals surveyed who say their schools have computer science learning opportunities also state the material does not include programming/coding — a core component of computer science.*

Northwestern High School Coding Camp was designed to equip students with the foundational coding, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills necessary in today’s digital world.

*Source: Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education
Rewarding Learning Experience

  • Students will explore the field of computer programming and cover a range of fundamental front end web development technologies through skills-based learning.
  • Students will receive hands-on experience completing projects ranging from HTML and CSS code samples to simple JavaScript applications.
  • Students will build and improve upon skills essential in the professional world, including logic and critical thinking, problem-solving, and working in a team setting.
  • Students receive personalized support from instructional staff and benefit from in-class collaboration, working both individually and in teams on sample portfolio projects.

Prepare for the Future

  • Students will receive a certificate of completion from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies showcasing their accomplishments.
  • Students will build a portfolio of sample projects that demonstrate their working knowledge of the topics covered in class.
  • Students will gain technological literacy and invaluable experience in teamwork and creative problem-solving, helping to differentiate themselves on resumes and college applications.
  • Students will form a dynamic community of fellow aspiring web developers, allowing for networking and future collaboration.

About Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
The mission of the School of Professional Studies is to provide a superior Northwestern education to outstanding students whose academic pursuits must be balanced with professional or personal commitments. SPS strives to be a national leader in continuing and professional education by providing innovative learning opportunities that serve the lifelong learning needs of its students.
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the program?

  • July 19 – August 6, 2021
  • Live, remote classes are held Monday – Friday, 10 a.m – 1 p.m. CT
  • Each week students will attend formal class lectures Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will benefit from supervised group project work.
  • Optional: Students can attend NU’s “Get Ready Series” at no additional cost. This series of two weeks of one-hour workshops offered daily is designed to help students prepare to succeed in college. Students can attend synchronously from 1:00 p.m – 1:45 p.m CT or watch a recording of the workshop at your leisure.

Can students study at the Northwestern High School Coding Camp while maintaining their current summer schedule?

  • Yes. The program is designed with a part-time schedule in order for students to be able to attend while maintaining any existing summer commitments.

How long is the course?

  • Students will complete this summer camp in three weeks.

How much time should I expect to dedicate to the camp?

  • The camp requires 45 hours of in-class time.

What does the program cost and what funding options are available?

  • Tuition for the course is $2500 and is paid in full upon enrollment. Once paid, tuition is non-refundable. There are no funding options available.

Do students need to have previous experience in programming before enrolling?

  • No previous experience is required.

When is the application deadline?

  • July 5, 2021

Is there an application process and how do I get started?

  • The Northwestern High School Boot Camp is not open enrollment, but rather is a selective admissions and with specific application requirements. An initial phone interview with an admissions adviser is the first step in the process for program admission.
  • We expect students to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as shown on their unofficial transcript.
  • We require a personal statement.
    Students will be evaluated on the quality of their writing, as well as thoughtfulness and originality.
    Your Personal Statement should answer the following two questions (minimum of 500 words):

    • A. Describe your most rewarding recent academic project or academic experience.
    • B. Explain your interest in the specific program(s) you have selected, and what you hope to gain from participating in the program this summer.
  • Students for whom English is a second language will also answer the following prompt in their personal statement:
    • If English is not your first language, please state the degree to which you are prepared to succeed in a course taught in the English language. This could include results from an English Language Proficiency exam such as TOEFL, IELTS or the Duolingo English Test or your experience studying in the English language. We reserve the right to request a short Zoom interview should we have concerns over your ability to succeed in studying in the English language.

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

  • Yes. You must currently reside within the United States and be a high school student between the ages of 14 and 18 years old.

Do I need my own computer?

  • Yes. We recommend a computer, Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS 10.10 “Yosemite” or newer, with 64 bit dual processor and 4GB RAM.

What sets your program apart from others available this summer?

  • We offer a day time program in partnership with Northwestern University School of Professional Studies created exclusively for high school students to gain essential skills, introducing them to the knowledge and abilities needed to explore the field of computer programming.
  • Students apply the knowledge they gain throughout the program on sample projects that can be showcased within resumes or college applications.
  • Our curriculum is built based on in-demand front end technologies applicable to a wide range of industries and professions.
  • Our instructional staff includes veteran web developers, who are approved by Northwestern administration, with vast industry knowledge and previous experience teaching coding programs at top-tier universities.
  • Students can optionally attend NU’s “Get Ready Series” at no additional cost. This series of two weeks of one-hour workshops offered daily is designed to help students prepare to succeed in college. Students can attend synchronously from 1:00 p.m – 1:45 p.m CST or watch a recording of the workshop at their leisure.

Will participation in the Coding Camp affect my chances of getting into Northwestern University?

  • While completing this camp is a great head-start to your college career, many facets of your application will contribute to your acceptance to college. Participation in the High School Coding Camp is one of the many pieces of your application profile; it alone does not guarantee your acceptance to Northwestern University.

Can I take the High School Coding Camp alongside other NU summer programming?

  • Due to the intensive nature of this program, students are unable to attend other Northwestern Pre-College Summer programs concurrently.

My child is not in high school but they are interested in learning front end web development. Can they take this course?

  • No. This course is only open to students who are enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) for the 2021-2022 academic year, and between the ages of 14 and 18 years old.
  • For interested parties who are 18+ and have previously completed high school or a GED, you can explore Northwestern Coding Boot Camp.

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This program is offered through the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in collaboration with Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand.
About Trilogy Education Services
Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand, partners with universities to prepare participants for high-demand careers in the Digital Economy. Over 35 of the world’s leading institutions collaborate with Trilogy to help bridge the gap between employers’ needs and participants’ skills.