I'm really surprised to see how low people's expectations are when I mention that I'm learning programming (and networking, databases, project management etc.) at school.
The school I'm visiting is a so called HTL (Höhere Technische Lehranstalt) which is kind of the equivalent to high school, but specialized to technical stuff and has different departments - I'm visiting the informatics one. It covers the grades 9 - 13 (so it lasts 5 years).
I'm 16 y/o and currently in 11th grade (so in year 3 out of 5 at this school). We started out with C in the first year and learned the programming basics using it for over a year. We've been learning Java ever since, which's basically the focus of the education.
I'm one of few people in my year that's really into tech (especially programming) in my free time. Most of them seem like they're just looking for a high-payed job, which is actually totally fine and they've got a right to do so, but I'd enjoy having a little more tech-enthusiastic people as my real-life friends.
Recently I wrote with a guy I meet through Discord and told him I'm learning Java at school. He was very skeptical and in general I've got to say that most of the people on the web seem like they're not thrilled by their school's technical education - even though it's centered around it.
I'm wondering what the situation's like at your current/last school? Is/was your school specialized on informatics or something similar? How's the education and are the teachers into tech as well and know what they're speaking of?