Mrs. Nicole Essex » Welcome


Welcome to my Webpage. My Name is Nicole A Essex, and I have been teaching for 26 years, 22 of which have been here at the BEST High School in the nation, The Real BHS.
I have a Master's Degree in Business Education, +45 hours above my degree in Instructional Leadership as well as hold an Administrators License for K-12 Education Supervision.
I hope that all students who walk through the doors at A118, gain positive knowledge and mature into educated adults.
Each week, I will post weekly assignments on the Clever platform.
Please check this DAILY for information and announcements. 
****Here is the instructions on how to access Clever and Curve. Please make sure that you are fimilar with this information.
You will be expected to have all assignments turned in ON Time.  The portal will close by 11:59 pm on the due date.
Here are the courses that I will be teaching this year:
Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles
Grade Level 11/12
Credit: 1 Full
The AP Computer Science Principles Course is designed  to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data seats to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and teacher recommendation.
Coding I
Grades 10-11-12
Credit: 1 Full

Course Description

Intro to Coding I. This is a full year course aimed at exposing students to the world of Coding. Coding, the language of the future, is used in every piece of technology. Coding I is intended for students with little or no previous coding background, and teaches how to code in a fun and accessible way. Through a series of learning “modules”, including example code, video tutorials, quizzes, programming challenges, and applied programming exercises, and teaches the foundations of computer science.

This course, which is taught using a variety of languages, such as Swift, Java Script, CSS, Ruby, and Python, just to name a few, will equip the students with the programming fundamentals to learn any programming language. The course focuses on the problem solving and critical thinking skills required to properly code, skills that will benefit students in all their future endeavors. Students will demonstrate their understanding by turning in assignments requiring them to create their own code to perform a required task.



Grade Level: 11, 12

1 Credit / Year Long


Coding I

Coding II challenges students to develop advanced skills in problem analysis, construction of algorithms, and computer implementation of algorithms as they work on programming projects of increased complexity. Course content is reinforced through numerous short- and long-term programming projects, accomplished both individually and in small groups. These projects are meant to hone the discipline and logical thinking skills necessary to craft error-free syntax for the writing and testing of programs. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will demonstrate an understanding of object-oriented programming language using high-level languages such as FOCUS, Python, or SAS.


Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 1 Credit / Year Long Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to teach the student the latest computer programs available to the school. This includes Microsoft Office Suite, the Internet, Google Education, and the use of social media.