Saugus High School is honored with an award for promoting gender diversity in computer science.


Saugus High School is honored with an award for promoting gender diversity in computer science.

Saugus High School has been recognized by the College Board with an Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award. The certificate commends the school for expanding access to AP computer science and improving gender representation in the field. The award was announced by Superintendent Michael Hashem at a recent Saugus School Committee meeting, where he praised the work of teacher Mr. Derek Serino in the program.

In a letter to the Saugus Public Schools community, Saugus Middle/High School Principal Brendon Sullivan expressed gratitude to the district’s computer science, digital literacy, and STEM teachers for their dedication. He highlighted the commitment of educators at all levels to sparking a love for computer science among students. Sullivan also commended the female AP Computer Science students who were recognized by the award.

Trevor Packer, head of the College Board’s AP program, praised Saugus High School for its efforts to improve gender representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Research has shown that female students who take AP Computer Science are more likely to pursue the field in college. Packer emphasized the importance of creating equitable access to computer science courses to prepare young women for future job opportunities and challenges in society.

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