Chagrin Falls High 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 increased 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, Chagrin Falls High School was one of 143 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.
Chagrin Falls High School had 21 females take the AP test in Computer Science in 2019 and they all passed with an average score of 4.39. The State of Ohio had 288 females take the test in 2019 and the average score for the females in the state was 3.47. Overall, 7.3% of the female students who took the AP Computer Science A test in the state of Ohio attended Chagrin Falls High School in 2019.
“We’re proud to see the creativity, commitment, and enthusiasm our female students have demonstrated in their study of AP Computer Science A,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. “As educators and administrators, we believe a STEM education plays a critical role in fostering a lifelong relationship with learning, setting our female students on a path to success in a 21st century workforce.”
"Computer Science Teacher Carolyn Petite has positively impacted the trajectory of not only young women, but men, into this field and they are lucky to have a role model like her in their lives," said Principal Monica Asher, Chagrin Falls High School.
Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either had 50% 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.
“Chagrin Falls 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.”
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 60% in five years. Overall AP computer science course participation has increased 184% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in three years.
The College Board, who issues AP exams, states that 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.