Two Whittier Union high schools are being highlighted for their outstanding work to expand access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses and develop robust, engaging programs that prepare students for innovative careers.
For the second consecutive year, Whittier High School earned the College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in its AP Computer Science Principles course, integrated into the curriculum in 2016 to expand student access to STEM education.
To receive the award, a school must either reach 50% or higher female representation in the AP course or record a percentage of female computer science examinees that meets or exceeds the school’s female population.
Out of more than 20,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Whittier is among only 636 to accomplish this feat in 2018-19.
La Serna High School was also recently recognized by Newsweek Magazine and STEM.org as one of America’s Top 5,000 STEM High Schools.
Schools were identified in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.
La Serna, along with schools across Whittier Union, offers a variety of robust programs and courses in STEM, providing students with the opportunity to explore innovative concepts and careers.
“We’re very proud that each of our schools implements curricula and programs that engage, challenge and prepare students to excel in STEM majors and career fields,” Superintendent Martin Plourde said. “I also want to recognize our skilled and talented teachers, staff and administrators who work together to implement these programs and provide our students ongoing support along the way.”