EAST PROVIDENCE – St. Mary Academy – Bay View has earned national recognition for having high female representation in Advanced Placement computer science classes.
St. Mary Academy – Bay View was one of only 685 schools, out of 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, to receive the 2018 College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. St. Mary Academy – Bay View is an independent Catholic school for girls.
“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our young women studying computer science for their achievements,” said Colleen Gribbin, principal of St. Mary Academy – Bay View’s middle and upper school. “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.”
Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50 percent 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.
St. Mary Academy – Bay View earned the diversity award for both AP Computer Science A and Computer Science Principles. Only 28 schools have done that, St. Mary officials said.
“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, St. Mary Academy – Bay View has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program, said in a statement. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”
In addition to St. Mary Academy – Bay View, Scituate High School and West Warwick High School in Rhode Island, and Joseph Case High School in Swansea in Bristol County, Mass., received the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. Scituate High School received the award for AP Computer Science A, while West Warwick High School and Joseph Case High School received the award for AP Computer Science Principles.
William Hamilton is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Hamilton@PBN.com.