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MTHS Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Manchester Township High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses. 

In 2021, Manchester was one of 760 schools recognized for achieving 50% or higher female representation in the category of AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).

“We’re proud to congratulate our female AP computer science students and their teacher, Mrs. Kelly, on this step toward gender parity in computer science education,” said Principal Dennis Adams. “We’re honored that our school earned this distinction and look forward to seeing these young women and others pursue and achieve success in computer science education and careers.”

According to College Board research data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared to female students of similar background and academic preparation who did not take CSP. These findings highlight the importance of schools nationwide achieving gender parity in AP computer science classrooms. 

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the five million people in computing occupations. Computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the U.S. Although 67% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, only 11% of STEM bachelor’s degrees are in computer science.

“By encouraging young women to study advanced computer science coursework, Manchester Township High School is closing the gap in computer science education and empowering young women to access the opportunities available in STEM career fields,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of Global Policy and External Relations. “Computer science is the foundation of many 21st- century career options, and young women deserve equal opportunities to pursue computer science education and drive technological innovation.”