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The Computer Science curriculum is intended to give all students the background in computer and communications technology they need to be successful in their high school and college courses, and to help students with special interests in information technology explore advanced opportunities in the computer field. The goal is to contribute to both the personal development and educational success of students and to help them, as required by Illinois learning standards, to “use appropriate instruments, electronic equipment, computers and networks to access information, process ideas and communicate results.” Uni High’s computer and publishing courses focus directly on these technology objectives through a required two-semester Computer Literacy course sequence and six five elective courses for advanced students.

All students are required to take two one-semester courses, Computer Literacy 1 and 2, usually during their subfreshman and freshman years. These courses introduce computers and the Internet as tools for communications, research and creativity, and emphasize practical applications that will be useful to students in their future Uni High and college classes.

The elective courses (Computer Programming, Topics in Computer Science, World-Wide Web Development, Yearbook, and Advanced Yearbook) allow students to pursue special interests in software development, computer and electrical engineering and hardware, online and print publishing, computer operating systems and software tools. All of these courses are oriented toward practical applications using modern software and equipment similar to those used in real-life university and commercial settings.

Throughout the computer science curriculum, we stress communication between individuals, cooperation in group work and the ethical use of information technology as foundations for learning about computer applications. It is the human side of computing that is both the most interesting and the most difficult, and we hope that our students will learn to be comfortable with computer and communications technology and appreciate what it allows them to accomplish, both individually and together, while understanding both its capabilities and limitations.


Computer Science Faculty

DoMonique Arnold (darnold2@illinois.edu) joined University High School Library in August 2016! She is super excited to be a part of the high school staff, as she loves handing books to teenagers and scheduling awesome library programming.

Mattox Beckman (mattox@illinois.edu) teaches the Fall Topics in Computer Science course.

Joel Beesley (jbeesley@illinois.edu) teaches Computer Literacy 1 & 2. World-Wide Web Development and Yearbook. He earned his B.A. at Valparaiso University and his M.A. at Southern Illinois University. Mr. Beesley is also the junior class co-sponsor and the subbie girls basketball coach.

Craig Zilles (zilles@illinois.edu) teaches the Fall Computer Programming course.

Matthew De Venecia (mdevene2@illinois.edu) joined University Laboratory High School this year and teaches Computer Literacy 1 & 2. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He later earned a Master of Engineering degree in Bioengineering from Rice University.

Morgan Fong (mmfong2@illinois.edu) is teaching the Fall 2021 offering of Topics in Computer Science. Morgan is currently a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois, and previously earned her BA in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.