Bryn Mawr Wins Sixth Consecutive AP Computer Science Award

Bryn Mawr received the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for the sixth consecutive year.  The award was created to help close the gender gap in computer science.
Bryn Mawr received the award for both AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles, making it one of only 68 schools worldwide and just 10 schools in Maryland to be recognized for both courses.
All Bryn Mawr students are required to take computer science and have access to a number of different computer science electives.  Our computer science program has helped Bryn Mawr become the #1 rated high school for STEM in Maryland according to
“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 Bryn Mawr welcome so many more young women into this vital field.”

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.