Grier Honored with College Board AP® Award For Second Year Running
For the second year in a row, Grier 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 girls’ access in AP® Computer Science courses.
Grier was among less than 5% of the schools that offer AP® courses to achieve either a 50% or higher female representation in one or both AP® computer science courses or a percentage of female computer science examinees that meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population. Out of 20,000 schools worldwide that offer AP® courses, Grier is among the 639 schools received the award in AP® Computer Science Principles.
Grier received the same honor last year, the inaugural year of the award when even fewer schools met the award criteria. Grier is honored to have this recognition for the second year in a row and is proud of the students for their achievements. Grier is committed to providing access to AP® Computer Science courses to add female diversity to the STEM workforce.
The AP® Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP® Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP® computer science in high schools. “By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Grier has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP® Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP® Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”
Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According to UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.