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​​Brookfield East has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A (CSA). 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, Brookfield East was one of 225 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.

“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 Darcie Fellmeth, Associate Principal at BEHS. “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.”

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. Students in CSA learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. Overall AP computer science course participation has increased 147% since 2017, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The 1,127 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award serve as models for all U.S. high schools.