Oak Knoll Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.
Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Oak Knoll is one of just 28 schools to have earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for both AP Computer Science A and Computer Science Principles.
The school is also the only school in New Jersey to achieve the distinction for both AP Computer Science A and Computer Science Principles.
“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students studying computer science for their achievements,” said Jennifer G. Landis, Oak Knoll’s Upper School Division Head. “We’re committed to continuing to provide our students with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs.”
Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According toUNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
Camille Burke, Oak Knoll’s Upper School Computer Science Department Chair, said it is her hope that the school’s AP computer science courses will continue to inspire students to learn more about STEM-related fields.
“I am honored by this recognition and I am proud of my female students studying computer science,” she said. “My hope is that Oak Knoll can make a difference in the gender gap in the computer science workplace.”
Mary Kelly Doherty ’20, current AP Computer Science Principles student at Oak Knoll, said, “All the skills learned in computer science are valuable and can be applied to other courses. Now, because of what I have learned in AP CSP, I am considering studying computer science in college.”
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.
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