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Bruriah Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Bruriah is proud to announce that it has earned the College Board’s AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to Computer Science A (CSA). Bruriah High School is one of only 232 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in CSA, and one of three Jewish high schools receiving this prestigious honor.

“During an unprecedented year, Bruriah students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said Principal Esther Eisenman. “We could not be more proud of our 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.”

“Bruriah’s students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of global policy and external relations. “Young women deserve an equal opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders. Closing the gap in computer science education empowers young women to build the future they want.”

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity and representation. 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 similar female students 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.

These findings make it all the more imperative that schools nationwide achieve gender parity in AP Computer Science classrooms. The schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award should serve as inspirations and models for all American high schools, where overall, female students remain under-represented in computer science classes, comprising just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants. So there is a long way to go to achieve equal gender representation in the field of computer science. Currently, less than half of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science, a clear opportunity to be addressed by strong partnerships between policymakers, the tech industry and educators. Bruriah is proud of its ability to stay current, impact the lives of students and adequately prepare them for the future.

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