What is Computer Science and Game Programming?
Computer Science and Game Programming are two separate IT program offerings at Wells; both pathways begin in the Freshman year. These preliminary courses provide students with the technology and critical thinking skills essential for success in intermediate and advanced Computer Science coursework throughout their high school career, and at the post-secondary level. Throughout both programs, students engage in collaborative hands-on inquiry-based learning experiences that challenge their problem solving and technical abilities. Although both programs provide rich and rigorous learning experiences, the Game Programming pathway places a greater emphasis on game programming, play, design, and logic. Both IT program offerings culminate with an AP Computer Science course.
Students build relationships and expand their professional networks by collaborating with several IT firms listed below opening up doors for summer internships and gainful employment beyond college.
In addition to actively participating in meaningful learning experiences, students will have the opportunity to earn the following industry technical certifications:
As a student in either the Computer Science or Gaming program pathway, some of the hardware and software technologies that you will engage with include:
Activities and Events
Join the Wells Tech Crew, Gaming and Modding Club, and &l <Code Club />; to gain valuable hands-on computer installation/repair, programming, and web development experience.
Do you like to argue? Are you persuasive? Ever watch lawyers on T.V. and think, “I could do that!” Or maybe working in a lab using evidence to figure out how a crime was committed sounds like an interesting job? Perhaps you want to be an FBI Agent or police officer tracking down violent offenders to make the streets safer. For any of these, you need to understand the law, and learning about law through experience in high school will give you a head start over everyone else. Our four-year Law Academy will give you the communication and problem-solving skills you need for college and your future career.
We teach by experience as much as we can. You will analyze crimes to determine whether charges should be filed. You will learn how lawsuits are put together. You will learn how to negotiate contracts. You will study theories of why people become criminals and analyze case studies of real-life offenders. You will do the things that lawyers do before you even get to college or law school. We believe in practical experience as a way to develop your skills intelligence.
Our Mock Trials are a good example of how students get practical experience. Trial Teams made up of Law Academy members have won 3 Chicago City Mock Trial Championships and reached the finals 5 other times in a competition open to all public schools in the city. Freshmen and Sophomore law classes also compete with other Law Academy students at local Chicago courthouses during the first two years of the program. While the cases are made up, the methods and rules we use are the same as what are used in real trials.
As seniors students gain even more practical experience through internships, where they leave school early to work with lawyers and learn about the practice of law. Whether in a law firm like Montes and Associates, or in community legal organizations like Cabrini Green Legal Aid or Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, students get a chance to work on real-life issues with real-life impacts.
Our main goal, however, is to prepare you to communicate and solve problems at a college level, because whatever you decide to do, college is a necessity and our Law Academy students overwhelmingly attend, often with scholarships. With over $5 million in scholarship offers in the last five years, including 7 Posse Scholarship winners, our students regularly have options upon graduation.
Graduates of this program have attended schools like University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Denison College, and Oberlin College, and have gone on to become lawyers, police officers, teachers, and community advocates, among other careers. Whatever you want to do, being able to solve problems and communicate at a high level will give you options and advantages over the competition, and that is the heart of what we teach.
Here are the descriptions of the Academy courses, year by year:
Freshman Year / Criminal Law: Learn the basics of American Government and then concentrate on the Criminal Court System. This class involves learning how to conduct trials and competing in mock trials in real Chicago courtrooms! Some examples of topics covered:
Sophomore Year / Constitutional & Civil Law: The second year of the program is divided in half, with the first semester spent studying your rights contained in the Constitution and the second semester examining how you can file lawsuits against people that have caused you harm. With more trials, students can continue to develop their lawyering skills. Some examples of topics covered:
Junior Year / Criminal Psychology: This class begins by studying basic Psychology, covering general terms, famous psychologists, and brain function, before moving into the Criminal Psychology material. This year of the program uses a university-level text to explore the possible reasons why people become criminals and how the way the mind works influences the criminal justice system. Topics and subjects for include:
Senior Year / Internship and College Exploration: Students in their final year of the law program spend the first 6 weeks researching and applying to universities as a requirement of the course. They are guided on how to make their choice of schools and encouraged to spend a great deal of time researching that choice. They are also assigned to work 8 hours a week at a legal internship, such as a private law office or a community law clinic. The student must: