IWA Earns College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Incarnate Word Academy has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded young women’s access to AP computer science courses.
In 2019, Incarnate Word Academy was one of 639 schools from across the country recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles. We are one of only six in Houston.

IWA's AP Computer Science class covers such topics as big data, coding and the internet, and the ways each of these not only shape technological innovations, but also our daily lives. The class was launched last year, and to date, 35 students have participated in it. AP Computer Science is taught by Ms. Eleanor Hernandez, who believes it's vital for young women to have access to classes like this.

"Women are already good at the kinds of decision-making and abstract thinking required in a field like coding," she explained. "And when we see more and more women taking classes like this one, and succeeding at it, that reinforces the idea that women can go on to careers in computer science. It also helps create a sense of community, where women support each other's achievements." 

With a growing focus on women in coding, IWA is continually looking for new opportunities to expand its computer science curriculum offerings. Next academic year, IWA will be offering AP Computer Science A, which is equivalent to a first semester college course in computer science and will give our girls exposure to Java programming. This year, IWA began offering Coding in Python, a semester-long computer science elective that gives students an introduction to coding. Our expanding computer science program supports our recent STEM endorsement which IWA students will be eligible to earn on their academic transcripts, beginning in the 2020 – 2021 academic year.