Developing the next generation of cybersecurity experts
Magnify your FUTURE
At St. Mary’s Academy, we are always seeking ways to ensure our students are prepared for future careers. As our world shifts to a focus on technology and online presence, the fields of cybersecurity and computer science have seen rapid growth. Therefore, we have integrated cybersecurity and computer science throughout our school’s curriculum.
Cybersecurity has been present in the news in recent years as concerns of data breaches, identity theft, and espionage have come to the forefront. This has led to the perception that cybersecurity involves a shady individual hacking computer systems to do harm to people and companies. However, this field is actually a rapidly growing one which focuses on defending systems against attacks, training people on safe technology practices, and developing legislation to protect individuals and businesses from attacks. Our focus in this program is to prepare our students for careers as “white hat” (ethical) hackers who seek to prevent harm to people and systems. So why such a focus on cybersecurity?
Below are just a few cybersecurity career details:
While cybersecurity is seeing rapid growth across the country, Georgia is rapidly becoming a hub for cybersecurity operations:
Our high school students utilize the computer science skills they have developed in our program to serve as a foundation for our curricular progression in Cybersecurity:
We understand that classroom practice is only a part of the learning experience necessary to develop cybersecurity professionals. To this end, we provide additional opportunities for students to learn and challenge themselves:
Creating future coders
We integrate computer science principles from our Pre-Kindergarten students all the way to our seniors. This develops the computational thinking skills necessary for careers in computer science and cybersecurity. Below are some examples of what our students learn throughout the curriculum progression:
AWARDS and Extracurriculurs
Our success in computer science education has been recognized by multiple organizations as described below:
CS100: This recognition is awarded to schools who are committed to teaching students a variety of programming languages, foundational principles in coding, and problem-solving methodologies in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th.
AP Women in Computer Science: This award acknowledges 1,105 schools for their work toward equal gender representation in Computer Science through increased enrollment and success in AP Computer Science courses. St. Mary’s academy is one of only 209 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in AP Computer Science A.