Yorba Linda High School has been honored by the College Board for their work toward equal gender representation by engaging more female students in computer science.
Since 2016, the College Board has consistently acknowledged educational institutions that have achieved the milestone of 50 percent or higher representation of female examinees in either of their AP computer science courses. A total of 1,127 schools received recognition for their efforts during the academic year 2022-2023, including the YLHS Mustangs.
According to the Orange County Department of Education, the honorees include a broad range of high schools from across the country and around the world. They include private, public, and charter schools, large and small student bodies, rural and urban populations, and specialized high schools, along with generalized programs. Only nine schools in the county were distinguished with the same award.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $100,530 in May 2022, more than double the annual salary for all occupations, which was $46,310. The bureau expects job opportunities in this field to continue to grow significantly faster than average between 2022 and 2032, with an average annual projection of 377,500 openings, driven by employment growth and the need to replace workers leaving the industry.
The College Board applauds YLHS and other schools for their commitment to diversifying computer science education and empowering female students for lucrative and sought-after careers. See the comprehensive list of schools acknowledged with the 2023 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award here.