Grier Recognized for Supporting Women in Computer Science
Come join us in applauding Grier’s AP Computer Science class! For the fourth 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.
Expanding girls’ access to computer science courses is crucial to prepare young women for high-paying technology jobs where they can drive innovation and creativity in the field. Computer science is an area where females are still very underrepresented, comprising only about a quarter of the computer science and engineering workforce. Programs like AP classes in STEM fields at Grier School can make a huge difference.
According to new College Board research, female student who take AP Computer Science Principles are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college compared to similar students who did not take the course.
Along with 20 other AP Courses, Grier offers AP Computer Science Principles. This year, six Grier girls enrolled in the class and attend in person. Students in this year's class include: Evelyn, Jiwon, Estella, Veronica, Claire, and Alex.
Grier was a front-runner among a small, but growing cohort of schools that offer AP® courses to achieve high female representation in AP® computer science courses. Out of tens of thousands of schools worldwide that offer AP® courses, Grier is among only 760 schools that received the award in AP® Computer Science Principles this year.
Grier is honored to have this recognition 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 launched 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.”