Recruit friend groups to expand participation to students who might not enroll, and encourage students to promote your class so students hear from peers that CS is cool.

  • To avoid students being "the only" in a CS class or not having any friends in the class, recruit whole friend groups to take the class. Use this as a strategy to get students to enroll in your class who might otherwise opt out. Try to identify students who might influence their friends to try the class.
    • Example: "I think you'll like CS. You could take it with your friends!"
  • Have students go to other classes to educate students about what they could learn in the CS class. Other students can be the most compelling spokespeople. Make sure that your students know to avoid reinforcing stereotypes about CS.
    • Example: "Who wants to go talk about CS in the 9th grade class?"
  • See this and related tips as a Tip Sheet: http://csteachingtips.org/tips-for-recruitment-in-HS