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North Central High School earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Diversity_Award Feb. 2, 2021

North Central High School (NCHS) has won the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for the second time. The award recognizes the school for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles, an introductory college-level computing course.

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, a total of 1,119 schools were honored for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-2020 school year. North Central High School is one of only 831 schools to earn the award in the category of AP Computer Science Principles.

"Course instructor Bambi Ferrer does an outstanding job making our AP Computer Science course fun and engaging," said NCHS Principal David Branham. "Being a repeat winner is a testament to how well our students, especially females, enjoy this course."

To receive a College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award, schools had to achieve 50 percent or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses, or have the percentage of female computer science examinees meet or exceed that of the school’s female population.

Nationally, female students remain underrepresented in computer science classes, comprising just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants.

Mary Anne Byrd