Saint Mary's School Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
Recognized for closing the gender gap in AP Computer Science A
In 2020, Saint Mary's School was one of 232 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.
"During an unprecedented year, Saint Mary's students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science," said Head of School Brendan O'Shea. "We are most 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."
Saint Mary's students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it," says 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."
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. That's why new College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared to similar 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.
These findings make it all the more imperative that schools nationwide achieve gender parity in AP Computer Science classrooms. The 1,119 schools that receive this year's AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award should serve as inspirations and models for all American high schools, where overall, female students remain under-represented in computer science classes, comprising just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants.
About Saint Mary's School
Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an innovative, independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12. http://www.sms.edu
Mary Virginia Swain