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FDHS earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Frederick Douglass High School has earned the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year. That is a nearly 37% increase over schools recognized last year. In 2020, Frederick Douglass was among 831 cited in the category of AP Computer Science Principles. 

“During an unprecedented year, Frederick Douglass female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said Principal Lester Diaz.  “We could not be more proud of our female students for staking their claim as the next generation of STEM and computer science professionals. We can’t wait to see their passion for next-generation technology lead to lifelong success.” 

New research shows that female students who take AP computer science are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college compared with matched peers. Schools like Frederick Douglass are helping prepare young women for the high-paying, in-demand jobs of the future and giving them the opportunity to solve some of society’s most challenging problems.

(Posted Jan. 26, 2021)