Eagle Ridge Academy - Minnetonka

Eagle Ridge Academy is a K-12 charter school located at 11111 Bren Road W. in Minnetonka.

MINNETONKA — Eagle Ridge Academy in Minnetonka will start offering two new computer science classes thanks to a partnership with Amazon.

In a news release, the charter school said it is part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and it will receive funding from Amazon to offer an intro to computer science class and an advanced placement computer science class starting in the fall.

The funding from Amazon will go toward providing preparatory lessons, tutorials and professional development for teachers, a curriculum for students and live online support for teachers and students.

“We are grateful for Amazon’s support to integrate computer science into our classical, liberal arts curriculum,” Bruce Locklear, principal for grades six through 12, said in a statement. “The partnership will provide specialized training for our teachers who will support the classes. We are thrilled to give our students this opportunity to use the analytical, problem-solving skills they’ve learned through our logic and rhetoric courses in a real-world context.”

The Amazon Future Engineer program aims to make computer science accessible to all students. There are more than 1,000 high schools in the United States that are signed up for the program.

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