Cabrillo High School has earned the College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles classes. Schools honored with the award have expanded young women’s access to AP computer science courses.
“We’re proud to see the creativity, commitment and enthusiasm that Cabrillo’s young women have demonstrated in their study of AP Computer Science Principles,” Cabrillo Principal Cheryl Cornejo said. “Congratulations to these students and the staff who are working so hard to prepare our scholars for the workforce of today and tomorrow.”
Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 earned the honor based upon the 2018-19 school year. Winning schools have achieved either 50 percent or higher female representation in one 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.
“Cabrillo 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 the AP Computer Science Principles course 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 percent.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses helps to ensure 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.