Saint Viator Receives 2020 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
For the second consecutive year, Saint Viator High School has been recognized with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. Given annually by the College Board, the award recognizes schools for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles.
According to information provided by the College Board, among 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, Saint Viator was one of just over 1,100 that 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 meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year.
“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,” said Saint Viator Principal Karen Love. “Saint Viator has long been recognized as an institution where tradition and innovation meet, and 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.”
Jim Fruchterman, a Saint Viator Distinguished Alumnus is Founder and CEO of TechMatters and long-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur reacted to the news, “It’s crucial for both financial and social impact success to have more women in tech,” Fruchterman said. “Increased diversity of all kinds leads to more successful products which work for everyone.”
Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.