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Hathaway Brown Earns Dual AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

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Hathaway Brown earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in both AP Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles. This honor recognizes the outstanding work HB is doing to engage female students in computer science. 

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, this award acknowledges 1,119 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-20 school year. HB is one of only 56 to be recognized in both courses.

“Today’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 necessary to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24 percent of the five million people in computing occupations.

According to data from the College Board, female students who take AP Computer Science Principles 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 Computer Science Principles. 

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