Welcome

The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at Wootton High School is a program of study that introduces students to the broad career opportunities available in today’s digital workforce. The program equips students with personal analytical, technical, and communication skills needed for success. By providing a new context for learning, the academy helps build the motivation, confidence, and sense of personal worth that will help students from all backgrounds to succeed in high school and beyond. The academy serves students of all abilities. Most students apply to join in winter of 8th grade. Current freshmen who are already enrolled in AP CS Principles, Foundations of Computer Science and/or IT Essentials may apply to join in winter of 9th grade. Applications open in Januaary and close March 1.

Students take at least one course during each year of school. Those students who select the Information Resource (Web) or Programming pathways must complete a paid 200-hour internship in the summer between their junior and senior year. Those who select the Networking pathway are encouraged to complete the internship, though it is not required for program completion. The Networking pathway involves preparation for the CompTIA A+ certification, a Linux certification, and the CCENT or Network+ certification.

Pathways

Students in AOIT take at least one class each year of high school. There are three pathways in the AOIT program from which students may select:

If your graduation year is before 2023, you may opt into old Pathways

Old Pathways
Alternatively, you may opt into newer pathways listed below.

Students in All Pathways Must Complete a Maryland Tech Ed Credit

All Maryland high school students are required to complete 1 Tech-Ed credit. This is in addition to the courses that count towards completion of AOIT. Options for this course are based on the particular AOIT pathway.

Programming Pathway Information Resource (Web) Pathway Networking Pathway
AP Computer Science Principles - 2918/2919 - must be taken in grade 9 AP Computer Science Principles - 2918/2919 - must be taken in grade 9

OR

Foundations of Computer Science - 2916/2917 - must be taken in grade 9
AP Computer Science Principles - 2918/2919 - taken in any grade 9-12

OR

Foundations of Computer Science - 2916/2917 - taken in any grade 9-12

Programming

These credits begin in grade 10 - Tech-ed credit (AP CS Principles) required in grade 9

Course Number Course Name Credits
2989/ 2990 Computer Programming 1 1 - Advanced Level
2901/ 2902 AP Computer Programming 2 - AP Java 1 - Advanced Placement
2965/ 2966 Computer Programming 3 - Advanced Topics in CS 1 - Advanced Level
2907 NAF Internship - Completed summer between grades 11 and 12 1 - Advanced Level Counted as 9th course in grade 12
4247/ 4248 Intro to Networks - CCNA I Provides 4th required credit for those students who skip CP1 based on TEACHER RECOMMENDATION 1 - Taken during grade 12

Information Resource Design Pathway

These credits begin in grade 10 - Tech-ed credit (AP CS Principles or Foundations of CS) required in grade 9

Course Number Course Name Credits
2991/ 2992 Website Development 1
2936/ 2937 Advanced Web Tools and Digital Media 1 - Advanced Level
2907 NAF Internship - Completed summer between grades 11 and 12 1 - Advanced Level Counted as 9th course in grade 12
2989/ 2990 Computer Programming 1 1 - Advanced Level

Network/Hardware Pathway

These credits begin in grade 9 - Tech-ed credit (AP CS Principles or Foundations of CS) completed in 9-12

Course Number Course Name Credits
4236/ 4237 IT Essentials 1 - CompTIA A+
4245/ 4246 NDG Linux Essentials 1 - Advanced Level - Linux Cert.
4247/ 4248 Intro to Networks - CCNA I 1
4230/4231 Routing and Switching - CCNA II 1 - Advanced Level - CCENT or Network+
2907 NAF Internship - Completed summer between grades 11 and 12 **** OPTIONAL, but Recommended! 1 - Advanced Level Counted as 9th course in grade 12

Enrichment Opportunities Outside of Class

In addition to enrolling in one of our AOIT courses each year, students in AOIT at each grade level are asked to engage in a variety of activities outside of class, some at Wootton, and some in the surrounding community.

Hackathons, Competitions, Events, and Scholarships

Many local organizations host hackathons, competitions, events, and scholarship opportunities for students studying IT and CS, many of which recur yearly. We encourage all AOIT students to gather friends and participate in these enriching events.

Live List of Yearly Opportunities

Field Trip

Sophomore AOIT students take a field trip to an IT related location/attraction. We typically visit The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock for a tour and interactive session involving robot races.

November 6, 2019

November 7, 2019

Resume Workshop

AOIT juniors are required to attend a mandatory resume workshop, held in mid-October, to begin the process of creating or updating their resumes in preparation for sending them to prospective internship sites. Students that do not attend the mandatory workshop will not receive any assistance in finding an internship placement. If there is a legitimate reason you cannot attend the workshop, an email or note from your parent should be sent. This event is mandatory for all juniors (even those who have already secured an internship).

During the workshop, students will work with AOIT teachers to understand the process of writing a professional resume. Students are given guidelines for constructing a resume that gives a prospective internship provider a snapshot of the student along with the skill sets that each student has acquired through pathway courses.

Students are given a timeline to submit draft resumes, receive feedback on the drafts, and are then provided a final draft due date.

Resumes are sent to prospective internship providers for review and used to place students into their required internships.

Zipped Folder of Resume Workshop Documents

AOIT Parents are asked to volunteer to review the draft student resumes. Parents are asked to write comments about how to improve the style and content of the resumes. If you would like to volunteer to review some resumes, please contact us!

Mock Interviews

Junior AOIT students participate in mock interviews with local business leaders in order to help them prepare for real internship interviews. Students are expected to dress business casual for this event. They should bring printed copies of their resumes to this event. This event is mandatory for all juniors (even those who have already secured an internship).

Celebration of Internships Event *New in Fall 2019

Seniors will attend a celebration during which they must prepare a tri-fold board presentation and share their internship with other students, invited parents, internship mentors, and school faculty and staff.

AOIT Graduation

AOIT seniors attend the MCPS National Academy Foundation (NAF) graduation ceremony. This event is separate from the general Wootton High School ceremony. It occurs in the evening prior to the general high school graduation, and is in honor of those MCPS students who have completed a NAF program (AOIT).

AOIT Graduation 2019 A

INTERNSHIP

Overview

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) requires that all AOIT students complete an internship using the skills they have learned in their AOIT pathways. The internship allows students to gain the soft skills of the office environment along with using the skills they have learned in the courses they have taken. Internships must be at least 200 hours in duration and must be compensated in some way.

In this video, some AOIT graduates provide some excellent advice about the process of applying for and securing an internship. Check it out!

IMPORTANT!

While we do all we can to share opportunities to which students may apply, we do NOT guarantee an internship placement. Students should start searching for internships early in junior year. They should apply to as many as possible. We can pass along opportunities, but again, we do NOT guarantee an internship placement. Students are responsible for securing an internship for themselves in order to complete the program. Those students who are unable to secure an internship, will still have gained all the benefits of learning via outside-of-class activities and experience the benefits of a smaller learning community, but will not complete the program.

The Process

Links to Potential Internship Opportunities

The following are links to opportunities for internships. We encourage you to apply to as many internships as possible. Please note, this is just a starting point for your internship search. Your best bet may be to look around the local area and find companies that you can contact directly regarding internship opportunities. We cannot guarantee internships, so you must actively pursue as many opportunities as possible.

List of Links to Possible Internship Sites

GRADES ASSOCIATED WITH AOIT

AOIT Students receive a grade associated with AOIT work during their years in the program if they complete an internship. That grade is associated with a 9th period class (i.e. they do coursework and receive a grade, but do not attend every day).

CODE OF CONDUCT

In order to join and remain in the Academy of Information Technology, students and parents must agree to adhere to our code of conduct.

AOIT Code of Conduct

Apply

Who Can Apply?

Current 8th Graders

Most students apply to join in winter of 8th grade.

Pre-requisites for coursework determine which pathway students can apply to join.

Programming PathwayWeb PathwayNetworking Pathway
Must take AP CS Principles in grade 9 Can take either AP CS Principles OR Foundations of CS in grade 9 Take IT Essentials in grade 9 (+ optionally pair with AP CSP or FOCS for Tech Graduation Credit)
Prerequisite: must be taking Honors Geometry or higher by 9th grade No math pre-requisite UNLESS taking AP CS Principles for TechEd credit - and then prerequisite for that course is: must be taking Honors Geometry or higher by 9th grade Can take any tech ed credit in any grade to fill graduation requirement. No math pre-requisite UNLESS taking AP CS Principles for TechEd credit - and then prerequisite for that course is: must be taking Honors Geometry or higher at time enroll in that course

Current Wootton Students

Current Wootton students who meet the requirements outlined below can apply to join AOIT in winter of 9th grade.

Currently taking AP CS PrinciplesCurrently taking Foundations of CSCurrently taking IT Essentials and/or Linux Essentials
Can apply to join any pathway Can apply to join the Web or Networking pathway Can apply to join the Networking pathway

How do I apply?

When can I apply?

Apply Online

CURRENT 8th Graders (Middle School Students)- Online Application

CURRENT 9th Graders (Wootton Students) - Online Application

When Will I Find Out if I Got In?

We will be contacting students after MCPS spring break.

Contact

If you have questions about Wootton's AOIT program, please contact us:

  • Bethany Petr - Bethany_A_Petr@mcpsmd.org
  • Paul Turner - James_Turner@mcpsmd.org
  • Career and Technology Office Phone: 240.740.1527

Last Updated: 6.17.19