LFA News

Computer science teacher working with students

Lake Forest Academy has earned the College Board’s 2022 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. LFA received the award in AP Computer Science Principles and was one of only 832 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. In 2022, LFA had an equal number of male and female students take the AP Computer Science Principles exam.

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.

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.