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Napa High School receives top honor for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science
Posted 3/21/19

Napa High School was recently honored with the College Board’s first AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female student participation in the AP Computer Science courses.

“At Napa High, we encourage and support female students who want to challenge themselves in advanced computer classes in preparation for possible STEM majors and careers. We are honored to receive this recognition and we salute all our students participating in demanding AP coursework,” said Frank Silva, interim principal of Napa High School.

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.

“Our high schools are exemplary in supporting student achievement and providing a rich and varied curriculum allowing all students to choose classes that both challenge and interest them. Our district strategic plan outlines goals specifically around student engagement and this award underscores our efforts to date and holds us to a higher standard for the future,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District.

Napa High School began offering the AP Computer Science course in 2016 and currently there are 45 students enrolled in the course; 30 of the students are female.

“AP Computer Science is one of my favorite courses because it is introducing me to concepts and ideas that I have never been exposed to before. This class has made me consider more seriously going to college for computer science,” said Martha Villa-Fernandez, a 12th grade student at Napa High School.