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Female student works on computer in classroom

Lake Forest Academy has earned the College Board’s 2023 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. LFA received the award in AP Computer Science A and was one of only 225 schools internationally to be recognized for this course.

The AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award is awarded to schools achieving either 50% or higher female exam taker representation in one or both AP computer science courses, or a percentage of female computer science exam takers that meets or exceeds that of the school’s total female student population.

This is the second year in a row that LFA has been recognized for female student participation in computer science: LFA also received the College Board's 2022 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for the AP Computer Science Principles course.

Computer science teachers Joe Ward and Dieter Villegas ’18, alongside Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean Nancy Nassr P’24, ’25, have been working to build LFA’s computer science program and to make it more accessible to all students. Expanding the program would allow more opportunities for students to further explore theory, design, development, and application; while also giving them early exposure to an ever-growing professional field. Specifically in AP Computer Science A, students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today's society.

LFA currently offers four computer science courses for students: AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles are full-year courses open to all grades, while Computer Science in Dart and Flutter and Computer Science in React Native with Expo are available as semester-long courses and can be taken at the introductory level or the post-AP level.