March 18, 2019
North Shore Hebrew Academy High School Earns First Ever
College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award
for Achieving High Female Representation in
AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles!
Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have successfully expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.
Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, North Shore is one of only 685 to accomplish this, and is one of only 28 schools that has earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for both AP Computer Science A and Computer Science Principles. NSHAHS is the ONLY Yeshiva to achieve this award for both!
“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students for their achievements studying computer science. We are deeply committed to continued increased female participation in AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs.” said Dr. Daniel J. Vitow, Headmaster. “We’re committed to continuing to provide our female students with access to wide variety of computer science offerings. In addition, we must thank Ms. Robin Wilensky, Director of Educational Technology and Chairperson of the Computer Science Department for her commitment to engaging so many girls into the computer sciences realm.”
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.
“By inviting many more young women into advanced computer science classrooms, North Shore has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”
The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students
Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
Congratulations everyone on this wonderful achievement!
Computer Science Department Goals:
The overall goal of the computer science and technology department is to develop student’s computer literacy and technology proficiency with cutting edge devices, software, tools and social media in order to prepare them for the high-tech workforce they will see be entering. The impact that computers, mobile devices and other technological advances play in all areas of life is steadily increasing. Computers are used in just about every field and successful careers will depend on employees ability to work within technological frameworks. With the proliferation of mobile devices, computational tools provide and “always on, always connected” mentality that we must teach students to comprehend, manage and most importantly balance in their lives.
In preparing students for our ever-evolving technological workforce, students at NSHAHS are encouraged and often required to use technology in their school classes to research, write papers and projects, compute mathematical formulas and perform scientific research, and to create presentations and other computational artifacts. We strive to help students have successful, creative and enjoyable experiences with the technology that is prevalent in their world and prepare them to face the technological challenges they will encounter in the future. We also endeavor to build good digital citizens who are respectful of others, take technology usage seriously and leverage technology for the greater good and benefit to society.
To summarize, the goals are:
The computer science department has evolved over the years from offering basic introduction to technology courses and extracurricular based learning opportunity to a robust department with multiple classes, clubs and opportunities to learn about computer science and technology, as described below.
The Guiding Principles are the foundations by which the computer science goals and curriculum paths are set.