New York City will create its first public high school dedicated to training students in software development.
The Academy for Software Engineering will open in September, offering a full academic program designed to prepare students for college, but the non-vocational school will be available to any student who is interested in computer science.
The school is the brainchild of Mike Zamansky, a teacher at Stuyvesant High School, and it will be financially backed by venture capitalist Fred Wilson, who plans to attract other investors and industry support.
The school has the potential to train many software engineers who are not at the top of their class academically, says board member Joel Spolsky. When all four grades are enrolled in 2015, the school could have between 420 and 460 students, notes Frank Thomas with the city's Department of Education.
The U.S.'s high schools are "not producing even remotely enough programmers to meet the hiring needs of the technology industry," Spolsky says. "I predict that [the school] will be overwhelmed with applicants and this will be the most popular new school in New York City in years."
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