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West Catholic Prep Earns College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award

West Catholic Preparatory High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Our AP Computer Science class is a part of our state of the art Engineering and Technology Academy or ETA.

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved 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 during the 2019-2020 school year. That’s nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2020, West Catholic Prep was one of 831 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles. We look forward to a time when all schools have 50% or higher female representation in their AP computer science classes, but for now we are honored to be a part of the 5% of schools that have achieved this important milestone.

During an unprecedented year, West Catholic Prep’s female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science. We could not be more proud of our students for staking their claim as the next generation of STEM and computer science professionals. We can’t wait to see their passion for next generation technology lead to lifelong success. 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.

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. The median annual wage computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics finds women represent just 24% of the 5 million people in computing occupations.