Chancellor Fariña Announces Over 200 Schools Participating in Computer Science for All for 2016-17

  • Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018

City implements first Computer Science for All expansion as part of its agenda for equity and excellence in all public schools. Expansion includes full-year or multi-year computer science sequences at 67 schools

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today that 207 schools have signed on to offer new computer science programming for the 2016-17 school year through Computer Science for All, the City’s commitment to provide computer science education for every elementary, middle, and high school by 2025 and part of Mayor de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence agenda. Through computer science education, students learn to think and solve problems, collaborate and build relationships with peers, communicate and create with technology, and better understand technology we interact with daily.

The 207 schools are participating in one or more of the below programs, two of which are existing programs being expanded for 2016-17 and two of which are new. AP Computer Science Principles, the Software Engineering Program (SEP), and SEP Jr. are full-year or multi-year sequences, while the STEM Institute is an intensive training for teachers to implement CS lessons and units in their schools:  

  • AP Computer Science Principles (34 schools), a one-year course for high schools
  • Software Engineering Program (22 schools), a comprehensive, three-year sequence for middle schools and four-year sequence for high schools
  • SEP Jr. (11 schools), a new pilot for elementary schools to integrate computer science topics throughout the year into every grade
  • STEM Institute CS Track (153 schools), a new intensive training for teachers of all grade levels to implement rigorous, hands-on CS lessons and units in their schools

Computer Science for All is intended to increase equity and access to computer science education, and schools applying for the AP Computer Science Principles course, Software Engineering Program (SEP), and SEP Jr. were required to develop a plan to engage traditionally underrepresented students, including female and African-American and Latino students.

“Computer Science for All is part of our vision for a brighter future for this City – where more of our children have the skills they need to succeed, and more of our college classrooms and start-up offices reflect the diversity of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Bringing Computer Science for All to 207 schools in just one year’s time is tremendous progress, and we are on track to bring computer science to every elementary, middle, and high school by 2025.” 

“In computer science classrooms, you see our students creating, working together, and developing new skills that help them in other classes and prepare them for college and careers – that’s why we’re expanding computer science in all five boroughs this year and bringing it to every New York City public school by 2025,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “It’s particularly exciting that we have our first initiatives to bring computer science to elementary school, and that across all grade levels, we’re focusing on Computer Science for All as a tool to break down barriers in computer science education and the tech industry. I look forward to seeing the wonderful work our computer-science students and educators do in the coming year.”

Among the 207 schools, 45 are in the Bronx, 77 are in Brooklyn, 35 are in Manhattan, 41 are in Queens, and nine are on Staten Island. In total, 232 schools – including additional schools that already have an existing AP Computer Sciences Principles course or Software Engineering Program – will offer programming next school year through Computer Science for All, which is funded by an $81 million public-private partnership over 10 years.

The SEP Jr. program, which is brand-new for the 2016-17 school year, is the first school-wide elementary-school computer science program in New York City. Teacher teams at each SEP Jr. school will introduce students in all grades to fundamental computer science topics, focusing on computer science as a tool for creative expression and problem solving. 

“I’m excited that Brooklyn Arbor will be part of the first SEP Jr. cohort,” said Eva Irizarry, principal of the Brooklyn Arbor School, one of the new SEP Jr. schools. “This is a wonderful opportunity to engage my students and help them build the creativity and critical-thinking skills they’ll need in middle school and beyond.”

Across the 207 schools, over 360 teachers – including teachers of STEM subjects as well as ELA, Social Studies, arts, and other subjects – are receiving rigorous, ongoing professional development and support to implement the new programming. Participating schools will also receive materials and technology including robotics, physical computing materials, and software licenses required for implementation.  

“Computer Science for All is a critical public-private partnership for the future of our students and our City, and I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to build support for the initiative,” said Sarah Troup Geisenheimer, Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools. “Today's expansion demonstrates the progress we've already made training teachers and bringing new programming to schools, and we remain laser-focused on bringing CS education to every public elementary, middle, and high school across all five boroughs by 2025.”

“The Computer Science for All expansion will empower our public school students in college and in their careers,” said NYC Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm.  “Computer science education helps students think creatively and strategically. Those who wish to major in computer science in college will be better prepared for this course of study. I fully support this expansion and will continue to work alongside Chancellor Fariña to bring these important programs to a greater number of schools.”

"As we prepare our children for the careers of the 21st Century, we must ensure that they get the exposure to the necessary STEM programs that will lead to educational and occupational success. I congratulate Chancellor Farina and Mayor de Blasio on this critical expansion of computer science education in our public schools, and for exposing more students across The Bronx and all five boroughs to STEM educational opportunities," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. 

“I’m pleased to see the de Blasio administration’s commitment to expanding Computer Science for All in a meaningful way this coming school year, a critical piece of the educational equation needed to solve the challenges of living and working in the 21st century,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “The DOE’s focus on Brooklyn builds on the success of our Code Brooklyn initiative, which encapsulates my mission to give every public school student in our borough the opportunity of learning how to code. I hope we can work together on making the CS4All vision a reality for students across New York by making computer science a required part of the school curriculum.”

“It’s the 21st century, and computer science and data science aren’t luxuries – they’re essential fields that our students must be able to access,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I commend the DOE for introducing new computer science education programs in these schools, and will continue to work with educators, experts, and the DOE to integrate even more computer science, data science, and project-based STEM education into school curricula.”

“The computer science education expansion announced today will help our students reach high standards and help our country remain globally competitive in the 21st century,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “This initiative to bring computer science education to all schools by 2025 will ensure that all of our students can reach their full academic potential and be prepared to succeed in our complex world. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Education, led by Chancellor Fariña, deserve to be commended for their commitment to bringing computer science education to our schools.”

“A 21st-century education should include access to computer science,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. “I was happy to hear the Mayor and Chancellor’s commitment to expanding computer science education, and glad to see Staten Island schools involved with this initial rollout. Our students should be able to compete with those from other localities and nations in all areas – and this includes the computer sciences. At the very least, it will expose students to knowledge they might otherwise not have; but for some students it will instill in them a passion that they will one day turn into a career.”

“By making computer science education available to students of all backgrounds, we can help ensure our young people have an opportunity to succeed in this rapidly growing field. I am proud to see New York City expanding computer science courses and will continue working at the federal level to support funding for local programs like these,” said Representative Nydia M. Velázquez.

“The true purpose of education is exposure. Children must be given the opportunity to seek out what interests them and what they may want to explore even further. Not every student will become a computer programmer or coder, but each of them will soon leave school with the fundamentals of operating a computer in today’s technology-driven economy. Some students will be wowed by the science however, and they will go on to become a new generation of computer practitioners and educators,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.

“Computer science education can open doors to high-quality career opportunities, and right now only 1 in 4 US schools is teaching it. The fact that all New York City students will now receive this important training will set the example for the rest of the country, especially that they will be starting in elementary school and building on what they learn. I want to thank the administration for coming to Brooklyn Arbor to launch this program and for including Williamsburg in the initial rollout,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso.

Computer Science for All is generously supported by CSNYC, Robin Hood Foundation, AOL Charitable Foundation, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, ABNY Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and The Rudin Foundation.

Below is the list of schools with new AP Computer Science Principles, Software Engineering Program, and SEP Jr. programs:


P.S. 086 Kingsbridge Heights

Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning

Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx

The New School for Leadership and Journalism

International School for Liberal Arts

M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

Millennium Art Academy

Bronx Guild

Bronx Arena High School

Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics

High School for Violin and Dance

In-Tech Academy (M.S. / High School 368)

Belmont Preparatory High School

Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship: A College Board School

Harry S Truman High School

Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School


Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School

P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston

The Academy of Talented Scholars

Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers

Frances Perkins Academy

High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media

East New York Middle School of Excellence

J.H.S. 220 John J. Pershing

John Dewey High School

I.S. 392

George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School

Millennium Brooklyn HS

Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment

Clara Barton High School

John Dewey High School

Brooklyn Studio Secondary School

Aspirations Diploma Plus High School

Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School


P.S./I.S. 217 Roosevelt Island

P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek

Manhattan International High School

Tag Young Scholars

James Weldon Johnson

Global Technology Preparatory

High School for Environmental Studies

High School for Health Professions and Human Services

Hudson High School of Learning Technologies

Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers

The High School of Fashion Industries

Humanities Preparatory Academy

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics


P.S. 58 - The School of Heroes

P.S. 031 Bayside

P.S. 254 - The Rosa Parks School

P.S. 052 Queens

J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan

Richmond Hill High School

Redwood Middle School

Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria

P.S. Q256

Grover Cleveland High School

Veritas Academy

Townsend Harris High School

Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology

Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture


Staten Island School of Civic Leadership

P.S. R037

Port Richmond High School

Concord High School

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