CB West Earns College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Central Bucks High School West 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, CB West 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.

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.

CB West 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.