Fundamental Java Programming – Summer 2020

Total # of Lessons:  15
06/15/2020 – 07/22/2020
Mon/Wed/Fri 2:00 -3:45 pm
Registration Fee: $50 (Due at registration)
Remaining tuition: $1260 (Due upon invoice)


Class Dates

Date Lesson#
Mon, June 15, 2020 1
Wed, June 17, 2020 2
Fri, June 19, 2020 3
Mon, June 22, 2020 4
Wed, June 24, 2020 5
Fri, June 26, 2020 6
Mon, June 29, 2020 7
Wed, July 1, 2020 no class
Fri, July 3, 2020 no class
Mon, July 6, 2020 8
Wed, July 8, 2020 9
Fri, July 10, 2020 10
Mon, July 13, 2020 11
Wed, July 15, 2020 12
Fri, July 17, 2020 13
Mon, July 20, 2020 14
Wed, July 22, 2020 15

Why Learn Java

Java is the most popular and widely used computer programming languages. This Java class is for students with no prior Java exposure, or have taken some java classes but not systematically or not with a solid foundation. Students should have a strong motivation to learn and want to take on the APCS course or USACO course as immediate next step.

Possible next steps upon completion of this intensive course:

Does student need to know Java to attend this class?

No. This class is for students with no prior Java exposure, or have taken some java classes but not having a solid foundation. Upon completion,  students will have grasped the fundamental Java key concepts to be ready for the APCS course next.

Course plan

The class will follow a rigorous Java language curriculum, this is the course plan, that we customized so that the sequence of concepts makes most sense, and students can have more opportunities to practice previously learned knowledge for a solid foundation.


We compared a few CollegeBoard listed textbooks and decided to use the combination of an online textbook and Barron’s AP Computer Science A (8th edition).

The online textbook is very well organized , follows the official CollegeBoard APCS curriculum and contains lots of interactive problem-solving practices that will be much more interesting and engaging to do, than plain question-and-answer exercises, I believe they will prove to be very effective for the students.

Class Structure

There will be lecture time as well as hands-on practice time in class.


Yes. There will be homework, of various length.  In the beginning of the class, materials will be pretty easy and homework will also not take long, but the class will develop into much more complex materials and it will take some brain power and homework time between classes.

Required Equipments

Yes, students need to bring own laptop (and charger 🙂 to class, and have JRE and IDE installed. Students should try to complete the setup per instruction here prior to the first class.

Will student be ready to take APCS test upon completion of this class?

NO. At completion of this class, students need to proceed to take an AP Computer Science A course either at local high school or at Ascende Learning to obtain the full scope of APCS required Java knowledge and skills.

Where is this course in your ascending path

Fundamental Java Programming –> Intermediate Java Programming or APCS