AP Computer Science Diversity Award!

AP Computer Science Diversity Award!

Lutheran High School is proud to announce that we have earned the College Board’s AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). This award acknowledges 1,020 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2020-21 school year. LHS is one of only 760 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in AP CSP.

Research shows that female students who take AP computer science are more likely to major in computer science in college compared to female students of similar background and academic preparation who didn’t take AP computer science courses. Providing and encouraging this type of experience to our students is a big part of what the next level education at LHS strives to do for our students. Providing opportunities for leadership in diversifying computer science education, preparing our female students for the high-paying, in-demand jobs of the future, and giving them the opportunity to help solve some of society’s most challenging problems is indeed pursuing excellence!

We know that providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and driving innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the five million people in computing occupations. Computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the U.S., although 67% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, only 11% of STEM bachelor’s degrees are in computer science.

That’s why College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college,  compared to female students of similar background and academic preparation who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.