Women Who Choose CS – What Really Matters

Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles


EL PASO (Feb. 4, 2020): Harmony Science Academy – El Pasohas earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles.


Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 achieved this rare distinction for the 2018-2019 school year. In 2019, Harmony was one of 639 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles


“We’re proud to see the creativity, commitment, and enthusiasm our female students have demonstrated in their study of AP Computer Science Principles,” said Mr. Turel.  “As educators and administrators, we believe a STEM education plays a critical role in fostering a lifelong relationship with learning and setting our female students on a path to success in a 21st Century workforce.”


Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have achieved either 50% or higher female representation in either or both of the AP computer science courses, or the percentage of female computer science examinees meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population.


“Harmony is empowering young women to see themselves as creators, innovators, and problem-solvers,” said Stefanie Sanford, College Board global policy chief. “We hope to see even more high schools inspire female students to harness the potential of an AP computer science education.”


Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in high-paying technology jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and competition. A 2014 Google study found that women are more likely to pursue computer science if they are given the opportunity to explore it in high school.