Riverside County Launches First Computer Science Immersion School

Riverside County Launches First Computer Science Immersion School

Moreno Valley, CA

When North Ridge Elementary School in the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) opens its doors to welcome students at the start of the new school year on August 9, it will do so as the first computer science immersion school in Riverside County. 

The effort is facilitated in partnership with Code To The Future, the nation’s leading computer science program for magnet and theme-based schools. 

Students will have the opportunity to learn fundamentals of computer coding as part of their daily curriculum. The program will help students develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills. 

Code To The Future CEO Andrew Svehaug said, “Together we will teach students the universal language of coding to prepare them to be successful in the global marketplace.” 

“North Ridge will be a trendsetter in the county,” added MVUSD Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “By starting a program like this at the elementary level, we can graduate students with strong 21st century skills. Research indicates that the computer science industry will have a significant shortage of qualified employees in the future.” 

The objective, according to officials, is that North Ridge continue to offer the same outstanding instruction with coding integrated in all subjects to enhance learning. 

“This is not just a quick program given to educators to implement, but a long-term professional learning opportunity to really get teachers on board with a new way of doing things. It has sustainability and will be a strong program,” said School Board President Cleveland Johnson. 

It also aligns perfectly with MVUSD’s mission, “. . . to ensure all students graduate high school prepared to successfully enter into higher education and/or pursue a viable career path.” 

The school has scheduled a kick-off celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25.

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