Saint James School received the College Board's AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science A (CSA). This award acknowledges the school's work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-2020 school year.
Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50 percent or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female during the last school year. That’s nearly 37 percent more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2020, Saint James School was one of 232 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.
“Saint James School’s students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it,” said Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of global policy and external relations. “Young women deserve an equal opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, and tech leaders. Closing the gap in computer science education empowers young women to build the future they want.”
AP Computer Science A students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation.
In the photo, this year's female students pose with our award certificate.