About Us

Students after a successful Day of Code event!

Our Mission

ACM Teach LA's core mission is to empower students in the LA area with the power of computer science, and to provide mentorship and support to students who want to pursue computer science, either academically or as a career.

Virtual Learning

Due to updates with the COVID-19 pandemic, as of now, the majority of UCLA courses will be taught in person. As a result, Teach LA has shifted most of its classes back to in person instruction. However, our Python courses will utilize virtual spaces and will continue to operate remotely until further notice. As many of our partner schools continue to make the transition to in-person learning, we will work with teachers and our instructors to determine the best way to continue serving our students.

How Do I Join As A Teacher?

Great question! Why not check out our join us page?

If you have other questions, you can also send us an email at acmteachla@gmail.com!

We're a School/Organization. Can We Work Together?

Of course! Currently, we're looking to partner with schools to run quarter/year-long curriculums, as well as running one-off instructional and networking events. If you're interested, please send an email to acmteachla@gmail.com.

Spring Quarter Schools and Schedules

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and UCLA/LAUSD policies, all of our classes are delivered online via Zoom. All times are in PST.

Schools Class Schedule (including travel)
Emerson Middle School Intro to Python Wednesdays at 8:00 - 8:50 AM
Western TECH STEAM K-8 Python Date and time TBD
North Hollywood High School Web & Mobile App Development Monday at 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Short Avenue Elementary School Scratch Fridays at 12:40-1:40 PM
Speaker Series Varied N/A

How Does Teach LA Work?

Classes are taught weekly, typically sized between 15 and 25 students, and are lead by UCLA undergraduate students with academic, personal or industry experience in computer science. Undergrads meet once a week with our Curriculum Director before each class to prepare for weekly lessons.

If you are an undergrad not specifically interested in teaching but still want to contribute to Teach LA’s mission, we have a dev team in which undergrads maintain and expand Teach LA’s website. Dev team meets weekly on a separate schedule that varies.

Lastly, Teach LA has other outreach events with schools in the LA area. This may include speaker events in which undergrads give a talk on a specific topic within computer science or day long activities with a given school.

What Do Students Learn?

Depending on the group of students and their coding backgrounds, we shape the class to maximize their learning. Topics that students have learned in the past include programming fundamentals (in Python or Scratch) and intro to web development (in HTML/CSS), as well as complex topics like machine learning and mobile app development. We’re looking to expand our set of topics: data science, game development, digital art, you name it - if you're interested, get in touch!

You can find out more on our classes page.

Why Teach LA?

As of 2018, only 22 out of 50 states have K-12 computer science standards, and only 35% of public high schools in America teach computer science. Specifically, students from minority backgrounds receive the least exposure to computer science, especially as school districts serving minority communities often lack STEM funding.

ACM Teach LA aims to fill this gap by providing schools and students with in-school and extracurricular support. Our flagship program consists of quarter to year-long structured classes on various computer science topics (basic programming, web development, machine learning, data science, computer graphics), backed by robust and structured curriculums and student tutors with academic and industry experience. We've also developed an open-source online code IDE, with the goal of supporting students' computer science learning regardless of their access to a certain type of computer. We also perform outreach, either through events (e.g. Day of Code) or by visitng schools and talking to students.

About ACM

ACM is the largest computer science student organization at UCLA. It is split into eight committees (of which ACM Teach LA is one), each serving a different topic and mission. ACM regularly holds events for the UCLA community with the goal of giving students more opportunities to explore different aspects of computer science. UCLA students are encouraged to attend as many of the events as they'd like (they're free, beginner-friendly, and have free food). Organizations looking to work with ACM @ UCLA should contact ACM at acm@ucla.edu.