For the second year in a row, St. Mary Academy – Bay View has earned two College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Awards for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A (CSA) and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) courses. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Awards have expanded girls’ access to AP Computer Science courses.
Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, St. Mary Academy – Bay View was one of only 36 to be recognized for closing the gender gap in both AP computer science courses, taught by faculty members Valerie Briden and Antonelia Lombardi, chair of the Computer Science and Mathematics Departments.
“We’re proud to see the creativity, commitment and enthusiasm our students have demonstrated in their study of AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles,” said Colleen Gribbin, principal of St. Mary Academy – Bay View's Middle and Upper Schools. “As educators and administrators, we believe a STEM education plays a critical role in fostering a lifelong relationship with learning, setting our young women on a path to success in a 21st-century workforce.”
Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary for ensuring gender parity in high-paying technology jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and competition. A 2014 Google study found that women are more likely to pursue computer science if they are given the opportunity to explore it in high school.