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St. Paul VI Catholic High School receives diversity award

St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax was awarded its first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for the 2018 academic year, the school announced in a press release March 13.

The award recognizes schools that have involved more girls in Advanced Placement computer science courses — at least 50 percent female representation, or a percentage comparable to the female ratio at the school, in one of two AP courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Paul VI is one of only 685 to earn a Female Diversity Award and one of only 167 schools to earn the award for the AP Computer Science A course. 

"We are honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students studying computer science for their achievements," said Tom Opfer, principal of Paul VI. "We are blessed to have Mrs. Allison Granstedt as our teacher. Mrs. Granstedt has visionary leadership; she inspires and encourages all our students to study computer science. We're committed to continuing to provide our female students with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs."

Since 2016, students taking AP computer science courses increased 135 percent, and the number of female, rural and underrepresented minority students has doubled.






© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019