ASH Earns Advanced Placement Computer Science Award

American School of The Hague (ASH) has earned the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. In 2023, ASH was one of 225 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A, which saw 50% or higher female representation in the course. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses. This is the second time that ASH has received this award.  

”This is such a great honor from a prestigious organization,” says High School Principal David Munro. “We hope that our STEM opportunities grow for groups that didn’t previously see themselves in those spaces. We continue to grow our STEM programs throughout the school and this helps to validate and encourage that momentum.”

“Computer science is the source code of our economy and much of the career landscape,” said Trevor Packer, Head of the AP Program. “In the six years since we began the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award, it’s been heartening to see schools like American School of The Hague welcome so many more young women into this vital field.”

AP Computer Science A students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. AP Computer Science A, which first debuted in 1988, continues to grow and female participation has increased 69% since 2017, to 24,147 women. Overall AP computer science course participation has increased 147% since 2017, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students.

The work to expand access to computer science and other STEM courses goes well beyond the recognition of this award. “Computer science should be a subject that everyone takes,” says AP Computer Science Teacher Marcos Teixeira. “Computer science makes you solve problems with a different perspective. You have to analyze, collect data, create a plan, come up with a design, put everything into practice and then test. The process can be challenging, it can be frustrating, but I see in their faces the fulfillment of solving the problem.”

American School of The Hague is the only school in the Netherlands to offer AP courses, with 19 courses available to students.  Advanced Placement courses at ASH are available in nearly every department and discipline and range from AP Computer Science and AP Comparative Government & International Relations to AP 3D Art & Design and, most recently, AP Capstone: Seminar & Research. Combined with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the school’s standard program of studies, ASH offers one of the most robust sets of learning pathways available to high school students in the Netherlands.