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MSJA Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

MSJA Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Mount Saint Joseph Academy has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles for 2018. Among the more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, MSJA is one of only 685 to accomplish this.

“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our students studying computer science for their achievements,” said Dr. Judith Caviston, Principal and Interim President. “We’re committed to continuing to provide our students with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs.”

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50% 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 population. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.

“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Mount Saint Joseph Academy has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”

Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.

 
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