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Six BCPS Schools Honored with Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award

February 5, 2020

Six BCPS Schools Honored with Advanced Placement   Computer Science Female Diversity Award Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) congratulates six District high schools for earning the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Female Diversity Award. This award is presented by the College Board and recognizes schools for increasing participation among female students in rigorous AP computer science courses. To receive the award, more than 50% of students taking the AP Computer Science Principles exams at a school must be female.

The goal is to inspire more girls to pursue STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Nationwide, College Board reports only 29% of students taking AP Computer Science exams are female. Studying computer science can open doors for students, giving them the tools to excel and setting them up for high-paying careers. According to Code.org, women who had the opportunity to take AP computer science courses were more likely to indicate interest in a computer science major in college.

Below are the six District schools that earned the award:

  • Atlantic Technical High School
  • Hollywood Hills High School
  • McArthur High School
  • Monarch High School
  • Sheridan Technical High School
  • Stranahan High School

Districtwide, BCPS is focusing on ensuring access to computer science for all students. Courses, curriculum and activities begin in elementary school and continue through high school. District staff work with teachers, school counselors and administrators to encourage participation. Schools also offer Girls Who Code clubs and Girl Powered robotics teams to increase participation among girls.

To learn more about the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award, visit: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/awards/ap-computer-science-female-diversity-award.

For more information on STEM and computer science programs in BCPS, visit browardschools.com/stem.

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