CS Leaders Prize

Expand computer science at your school, win $10,000

To help more students access computer science (CS), especially students from underserved communities, we're partnering with DonorsChoose to award $1 million to U.S. schools — that’s right, a MILLION dollars. This CS Education Week, one middle and high school in every U.S. state and D.C. will be awarded the CS Leaders Prize of $10,000 to help establish computer science education for their students.

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To be eligible a school must commit to:

In addition to the $10,000 awarded to the school to fund a project(s) of the school's creation through DonorsChoose, the implementing teacher(s) in each winning school will receive a no-cost scholarship to attend Code.org's Professional Learning Program.

See terms and conditions.

Enter your submission before November 21, 2022 by filling out this form!


Who is eligible to win?

Any public middle or high school in the U.S. is eligible to apply if they make the commitments below. We especially encourage schools in low-income underserved communities to participate, to help advance diversity and equity in computer science.

To be eligible a school must commit to:

  • Add a new Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, or Computer Science Discoveries course using Code.org to your course schedule.
  • Describe how you plan to continue expanding access to CS in your school and/or district.
  • Provide a short statement of support from district leadership for expanding of CS opportunities as a district priority.
  • Organize a school-wide Hour of Code or other event/assembly for CSEdWeek to inspire students to explore CS and to encourage diverse participation by historically underrepresented groups.

Why is this only available to public schools?

We love teachers in public and private schools alike, but for this opportunity it comes down to logistics. We have partnered with DonorsChoose to administer classroom funding prizes, which is currently exclusively focused on serving public, U.S. PreK-12 schools. See full DonorsChoose school eligibility here.

When is the deadline to apply?

Submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on Monday, November 21st, 2022.

Can non-US schools apply?

No. Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions from non-US schools at this time.

How will Code.org select who receives an award?

Award recipients will be selected by Code.org, exercising its sole and final discretion, based on a number of factors: including whether they meet all of the conditions for entry, student demographics (we will prioritize schools with 40% or more of students who qualify for free or reduced meal and/or schools with 40% or more of students who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial), the school's plan for the Hour of Code or other CSEdWeek event, and the school's plan for expanding access to CS for students beyond the course addition.

When will I be notified if my school wins?

We are aiming to notify selected schools by Tuesday, November 29th. At the latest, selected schools will be notified by Wednesday, November 30th.

My school already offers CS Discoveries, CS Principles, or Computer Science A. Am I still eligible to apply?

Your school can apply as long as the course you are committing to establishing is a new course. For example, if your school already offers CS Principles, but you are committing to a new Computer Science A course, your school is eligible to apply.

Are there any restrictions to how my school uses the DonorsChoose gift code?

View project eligibility requirements on DonorsChoose.