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AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

The Bryn Mawr School has been awarded the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for 2020, which aims to help close the gender gap in the computer science field. This is the third consecutive year that Bryn Mawr has received this award.

Out of 20,000 institutions offering AP courses, Bryn Mawr is one of 1,119 to earn the award this year, and one of only 232 schools to earn the award for AP Computer Science A. 

Bryn Mawr has more than doubled student enrollment in Computer Science courses since 2013. Eleven courses are currently offered in the Upper School, including Honors Programming iPhone Apps, Industrial Design, Robotics, Advanced Topics in Computer Science, and multiple AP Computer Science courses. This year, a Quantum Computing course was added. Additionally, every student in grades K-9 takes Computer Science, covering topics such as programming, robotics, and computational thinking. Many students continue to take Computer Science courses throughout their Upper School experience.  

“Bryn Mawr’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.”