• Magnet Program Overview:
    As one of the oldest and largest magnet programs in the Phoenix Union High School District, we have seen huge changes in the way students use computer technology. We have grown with the demands and are continuing to offer courses that provide Carl Hayden students with exciting and rich learning opportunities.
    Our philosophy is to find avenues of technology innovation and bring it to Carl Hayden Community High School. Students today are immersed in computer technology. The Center for Computer Studies Magnet Program offers opportunities for students to use current computers and software while studying the latest trends in technology, programming and software engineering. Beginning courses through college-level courses are available.

    The Computer Studies Magnet Program offers students classes that prepare and train students for a variety of pathways. For example, students can follow a pathway for computer science, engineering, cybersecurity, game designer, or graphic artist. They may also take a combination of classes for a well-rounded education. In the programming classes students use the most current programming languages and study computer science concepts. In the multimedia and digital imaging track students create projects using professional-level hardware and software. In both tracks, students work with the same technology that is used in the collegiate and business world. Several of the classes give the student the opportunity to earn concurrent community college credit.

    Students use state-of-the-art software and computer equipment such as digital cameras, 3D printers, robots, and scanners to study computer graphic design, web design, animation and multimedia presentations that contain video and music. Students also learn programming and software engineering techniques in preparation for college study. Programming languages as well as engineering concepts and computer science topics are taught. Opportunities encompass all areas of technology.


  • For information, contact:
    Michael Marmolejo

    or visit the website:
    Computer Studies Magnet Website

    The magnet program features:

    • inclusive program with a diverse population
    • state of the art technology (hardware and software)
    • an engaging, college-preparatory curriculum
    • skills needed for success during and after high school
    • robotics, engineering, and game design
    • 7 honors courses, 2 AP courses and 4 dual enrollment courses
    • courses in coding, networking and cybersecurity
    • courses in design, multimedia and animation
    • certifications and internships
    • creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving