Lyndonville honored for high percentage of girls taking AP Computer Science

Posted 4 February 2021 at 12:41 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – The school district has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in its AP Computer Science Principles course. Schools honored with this award have expanded access to females in select computer science courses.

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 computer science examinees meet or exceeded the school’s female population during the 2019- 2020 academic year.

Last year 818 schools were recognized. The almost 37% increase shows a positive trend in encouraging females to explore the computer science path.

Lyndonville Central School would like to commend high school science teacher, Jeff Qamoos, for actively engaging his students in the AP Computer Science course and school counselor, Jeff Kingsbury, for effectively marketing the course and generating interest. The district would also like to commend Dan Dragula for his high female enrollment in his Physics, AP Physics and ACE Astronomy.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity and representation. Lyndonville Central School District is proud of achieving this award and will continue its efforts to encourage female students to explore their academic interests and excel in the courses they take.

“Female 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.”