Software Development


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Software Development: Speaking the Language of Computers

This is a full-year programming course.

Become empowered to program by learning the critical concepts of computer programming through the Python language. Learn Python content currently taught in college curriculum and in industry. Topics include basic computer organization and systems, data representation, algorithms, selections, loops, functions, classes, objects, elementary programming, applications, strings and text I/O, inheritance, lists, dictionaries, scripting, and various Python libraries. Students interested in the MIC Computer Science: Software Development or Software Engineering early bachelor degree program must enroll in this course and Software Development - Java.

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


  • 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.


  • CHAOS I or PLTW Computer Science Essentials or 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 1030, 2030

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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Phone: 816-986-3421

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