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Henderson High School Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

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

More than 1,100 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 2022-23 school year. In 2023, Henderson High School was one of 225 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.

“At Henderson we are very excited that more of our female students are taking computer science classes,” said Joan Hohwald, Henderson Computer Science teacher.

“Computer technology is critical to all members of our society, and we feel that women and men will need to use computers to innovate and problem solve in the future,” she added. Mrs. Hohwald, a passionate advocate computer science education, is also the district’s sole for also female Computer Science teacher at this time.  

AP Computer Science A (CSA) students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. AP Computer Science A, which first debuted in 1988, continues to grow and female participation has increased 69% since 2017, to 24,147 women.

“Over the last two years, I've had the delight of learning from Mrs. Hohwald,” said Foram Shah, Henderson student. “She speaks with clarity, experience, and deep knowledge, and learning from her shows me how to be confident in my own abilities.”

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $100,530 in May 2021. However, women represent just 24% of the five million people in computing occupations. 

Female students remain underrepresented in high school computer science classes, accounting for just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants and 26% of AP Computer Science A participants. Currently, 57.5% of high schools teach foundational computer science. The 1,127 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award serve as inspirations and models for all U.S. high schools.