LRHS Earns College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Lake Region 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 young women’s access to AP computer science courses.

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 achieved this important result during the 2018-2019 school year–nearly 20% more than the 685 schools recognized last year. In 2019, Lake Region High School was one of 639 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles. An additional 36 schools received the award for both CSP and CSA.

“Three years of speaking to clubs and sports teams, writing letters to parents, and recruiting from my current classes has allowed me to have the biggest AP Computer Science Principles class I’ve ever had this year and with many more female students than before,” said Lake Region’s AP CSP teacher Ms. Reynolds. “AP CSP is my favorite class to teach because it starts from the beginning assuming that my students might not know anything about computers besides regular web browsing or social media use. By the end of the year, they’re researching the impact that computing innovations have had on our cultures and they’re writing JavaScript code to create their own mobile apps. Every single one of my girls in AP CSP are brave, intelligent, talented young ladies and I’m proud to play a part in making careers in computer science more attainable for women!”

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have achieved either 50% or higher female representation in either or both of the AP computer science courses, or the percentage of female computer science examinees meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population.

“Lake Region High School is empowering young women to see themselves as creators, innovators, and problem-solvers,” said Stefanie Sanford, College Board global policy chief. “We hope to see even more high schools inspire female students to harness the potential of an AP computer science education.”

The introduction of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016 was the largest course launch in AP Program history. In 2019, nearly 100,000 students took the AP CSP exam, more than doubling participation in three years. During that time, the number of female AP CSP students has far outpaced overall growth, with an increase of 136%.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in high-paying technology jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and competition. A 2014 Google study found that women are more likely to pursue computer science if they are given the opportunity to explore it in high school.