Software Development


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Software Development: Speaking the Language of Computers

If gaming and apps are your thing, this is the course for you! Explore the history of game design while learning and utilizing the phases in the game development cycle. Learn the process of the design and implementation of software applications, including games, from initial research and development to the end goal of implementation. Students will learn what they need to create a functioning application by the end of this course.

This is a semester-long offering to be paired with another course from the Computer Science Pathway. Please be mindful of prerequisites.


  • Software Development - Java or PLTW Computer Science A and a teacher recommendation
  • Grade: 11 or 12
  • Proficient in Keyboarding, min. 30 wpm
  • Reading/Writing at 10th grade level or higher
  • Algebra II with a B- or better OR  previous programming knowledge
  • 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
  • 90% Attendance
  • Outside class Internet access is required.

PLTW Member School Prerequisites:

  • PLTW Computer Science Principles

High School Credits: 3 units (2 semesters)

LSR7 Weighted Credit:  .666 

NON Lee's Summit Schools Weighted Credit: Varies by School

College Dual Credit:UCM CS 1820

MIC Accelerated Early Bachelor Degree Program:

Students who take Software Development at Summit Technology Academy their junior year AND have a 3.0 unweighted GPA/95% attendance may also choose to participate in a university partnership program called Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), in which students begin to earn a bachelor's degree while still in high school.   The bachelor's degree is offered through the University of Central Missouri- Lee's Summit.  This program helps to significantly reduce the overall cost of a bachelor's degree.  Students will participate in extensive internship opportunities with companies such as Cerner, VML, NIC, and many more.  Students who qualify and have interest, must mark that they are interested on their STA Online Application.

Cerner Scholars Internship Option:

After at least one semester of the Software Development course, students can apply for Intern in STEM and intern at Cerner during the fall and/or spring semester.  Click here to learn more about Cerner Scholars

"You have to think of every single thing that could possibly go wrong. That’s how you have to think like a programmer."

-Bradley Covington, Lee’s Summit North High School

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