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GHS Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
GHS Earns First College Board  AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Greenwich High School is recognized with the AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award

Greenwich High School has earned the first 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. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Greenwich High School is one of only 685 to accomplish this.

"We are honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students studying computer

science for their achievements," said Headmaster Rick Piotrzkowski. "We're committed to

continuing to provide our female students with access to AP Computer Science courses and other STEM courses so they may follow their passions and pursue careers in stem-related fields."

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have 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. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.

"By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Greenwich High School has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities," said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. "We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation."

The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.

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 to UNESCO'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.

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About Greenwich High School

Greenwich High School is a collaborative community of learners dedicated to academic excellence, personal integrity, and interpersonal responsibility. One of the largest high schools in Connecticut, GHS is a four-year high school serving approximately 2,800 students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The school's philosophy of "freedom with responsibility" encourages students to make decisions affecting both their study and leisure time. The Cardinal Rules promote a climate of mutual respect and concern for others. GHS offers over 300 courses and a wide variety of co-curricular activities. Student activities include student government as well as academic, international, service, athletics, and special interest clubs. The school fields 42 varsity teams which have won numerous county, state, and regional championships. Students and teachers consistently win recognition and high honors for academic achievement, as well as excellence in the arts, theater, music, business, and more. The Greenwich community strongly supports its public schools. The Greenwich High School PTA serves the school through volunteering, fundraising and assisting with communication

About Greenwich Public Schools District

The Greenwich Public Schools consist of eleven neighborhood elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8), and one high school (9-12) with an offsite alternative high school program. Students are assigned to elementary and middle schools based on residential attendance areas. Four of the elementary schools and one middle school also serve as magnet schools, offering programmatic choice for families (Hamilton Avenue School, The International School at Dundee, Julian Curtiss School, New Lebanon School and Western Middle School). A tuition and lottery-based preschool program is also offered for residents and employees of the Town of Greenwich.

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