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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. 

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50 percent or higher female exam taker representation in one of or both AP computer science courses, or a percentage of female computer science exam takers that meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year. That is nearly 37 percent more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2020, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School was one of 232 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A (CSA).

"During an unprecedented year, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said Daniel Forrester, PK3-12 Director of STEAM and and Upper School Mathematics & Engineering teacher. “We could not be more proud of our female 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.”

"Holy Innocents’ Episcopal 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. The number of female AP CSA exam-takers has grown steadily, up nearly 25 percent since 2017. Overall AP computer science course participation has increased 79 percent since 2017, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. 

According to the College Board research, female students who take AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) in high school are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared with  female students who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping-stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.

Congratulations to our students from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who participated in the 2019-2020 AP Computer Science course and to Dan Forrestal, US Math and Computer Science teacher, and Jameela Reed, US Science Department Chair. 

Class of 2021: Addie GaudetCaroline Causey, Amanda HausmannLauren LeonardMelina SharpSarai Jackson and Maddie Poch

Class of 2020: Olivia Friedman, Maddy HannanColleen HenryAnn Radford MeshadCaroline Theos and Elle Wright