This is a full-year programming course.

Fall semester: Students will learn structured programming techniques, proper program design, and object-oriented programming concepts and skills using the C++ programming language. Topics include basic object-oriented programming, events, logic structures and simple input/output techniques.

Spring semester: Using the Java programming language, the students will focus on structured programming techniques, proper program design and object-oriented programming concepts and skills.   The capstone project will provide students a unique opportunity to practice agile-based software development from application design to delivery – skills that are in high-demand in today’s job market.

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  • 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 & Software Engineering


  • CHAOS I OR Database Management I (offered through R7 Online)

High School Credits: 3 units (2 semesters)

LSR7 Weighted Credit:  .666 

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

College Dual Credit: MCC CSIS 123, 222, 223 (available to eligible students); MCC requires Accuplacer placement into Math 40 or higher or equivalent ACT score.

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.

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    Terry Yoast

    Software Development

    • Email Terry Yoast at terry.yoast@lsr7.net
    • Tel: 816-986-3457
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    Carol Hull

    Software Development

“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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