Chicago Public Schools Awarded With 23 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Awards

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Nearly two dozen Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools earned the 2023 College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in Advanced Placement computer science courses. The 2022-23 School Year also marked the fourth consecutive year that female and non-binary students comprised the majority of AP Computer Science Principles exam takers throughout the District. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award maximized their commitment to computer science education by expanding girls’ access to AP computer science courses, specifically in AP Computer Science A (CSA) and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).  The following schools achieved either 50 percent or higher female representation in at least one of the two AP computer science courses, or the percentage of the female computer science exam takers met or exceeded that of the school’s female population during the 2022-23 school year: 

• Chicago Academy High School*

• Chicago Mathematics and Science Academy

• Curie Metropolitan High School*

• Eric Solorio Academy High School*

• Lane Technical College Prep High School*

• Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center*

• Walter Payton College Prep High School*

• World Language High School at Little Village Lawndale, to name a few.

CPS was an early adopter of the AP computer science program, serving as a pilot district in 2014. Since the AP CPS exam became available in 2017, 10,158 CPS students have taken the AP CSP exam, with 50 percent of 2023 test-takers identifying as female or non-binary, well above the national average of 34 percent.

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