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Lifeline Education Charter School Receives Female Diversity Award
By Sentinel News Service
Published January 27, 2022

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Lifeline Education Charter 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 collaboration with Amazon, Lifeline offers its students a Computer Science curriculum track. Students may take electives such as, Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science.

More than 1,000 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science exam takers meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2020-21 school year. In 2021, Lifeline was one of 760 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).

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“We’re thrilled to congratulate our female AP computer science students and their teachers on this step toward gender parity in computer science education,” said Obed Nartey, Lifeline Campus Administrator. “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.”

“By encouraging young women to study advanced computer science coursework, Lifeline Education Charter 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.”

Overall, female students remain underrepresented in our high school computer science classes, accounting for just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants and 25% of AP Computer Science A partcipants. Currently, 51% of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science.

The 1,020 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award serve as inspirations and models for all U.S. high schools.

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