Computers | The Heights School


Course Description and Objectives

This course develops the student’s ability to use the personal computer as a tool for academic and professional work.  The student learns the basics of computer history, design, operation peripherals and programming.  The student learns in detail how to use common applications for numerous endeavors, including word processing, accounting, social media and image utilization.  Upon completion of the course the student will be able to effectively use the personal computer as a tool for academic, professional and personal endeavors.   This class uses the IMac computers in the school computer lab, but the Windows environment, system and applications will also be covered.


All material will be referenced and available to the students on the World Wide Web.  Multiple sources will be used.

Outline of Topics Covered

  • Computer design and peripherals.
  • Basic Keyboarding.
  • Word Processing applications.
  • Spreadsheet applications.
  • Presentation applications.
  • Email and other social media.

Course Requirements

In this course the student is expected to aggressively pursue his development of personal computing skills and will be graded on his ability to:

  • Actively participate in the daily discussion and activities in the classroom.
  • Take good, clear, concise notes of the material presented.
  • Demonstrate good repetitive routine practice of the material through the successful completion of homework.
  • Demonstrate meaningful knowledge of the material through high performance levels on quizzes, tests, and essays.
  • Successfully make presentations of assigned work.

Successful Students

Since this course actively develops the student’s capability through repetitive practice and participation, the successful student will:

  • Consistently participate actively in class.
  • Practice the learned skills through the purposeful and timely completion of homework.
  • Actively seek help from the teacher during the school day, or after school.  The teacher is available for assistance at any time.  Neither student nor parents should ever hesitate to contact the teacher for resolution of any difficulty.

Mr. Andrew Acevedo

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B.S. U.S Naval Academy
Phone: 301-365-0227 Ext.116

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrew began teaching Spanish at The Heights in 2006.  He earned his B.S. in Physical Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979.  He served at sea as a weapons and operations specialist on ships of the U.S. Naval Fleet, and served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a special assistant for officer promotions.  His final tour of duty was as the Chief, U.S. Naval Mission to Colombia, where he coordinated all types of naval matters of interest to both countries.   After three years on duty in Colombia, Mr. Acevedo retired from the U.S. Navy and relocated to the Washington, D.C. area.  Mr. Acevedo teaches all levels of The Heights Spanish curriculum in both the Middle and Upper Schools.