RETAP (Reinventing Engineering and Technology @ Paly) is a parent group urgently advocating for bringing Paly computer science and engineering education into the 21st century - and supporting the new program as it is built out.
Most jobs of the future will require an understanding of computer science concepts. Reflecting this reality, Computer Science is now the largest major at Stanford and many other elite colleges, and most peer public high schools offer a broad range of high quality, integrated classes in computer science and engineering.
Yet computer science and engineering education at Paly hasn't evolved to match either the new challenges and opportunities of our tech-driven world nor the programs offered by our peer schools. Even as an elective program, Paly's computer science and engineering curriculum is limited, out of date, and uninviting both to students without previous CS/engineering exposure and to those entering at an advanced level. This curricular area at Paly needs to be comprehensively re-envisioned for the 21st century.
We believe that with parent and district support, Palo Alto High School can build a model 21st century high school computer science and engineering program that rivals the best in the nation – one able to introduce all interested students to a mode of thinking that will be all but indispensible for success in their adult professional lives.
If you would like to get more involved with the parent advocacy group (RETAP), please contact Simon Firth at email@example.com.