This week, the Tennessean published several articles highlighting RePublic's work to reimagine computer science education and dramatically expand the opportunities available to our scholars as they enter the workforce (check them out here and here). Nearly 170 students at RePublic High School are slated to take the AP Comp Sci exam in 2017, 90% of whom identify as students of color, and nearly half of whom are female. These trailblazers will change the makeup of computer science test-takers - and our city's tech workforce - entirely.
An article published in EdWeek this week revealed that, in 2014, not a single African American or female student took the AP Computer Science exam in Mississippi. The picture in Tennessee was barely brighter: of the 271 students in the state who took the exam last spring, only 8% were black, 4% were Hispanic, and 14% were female.
RePublic will shatter these statistics.
Just this past week, nearly 100 families came out for Coding Night at the Nashville Academy of Computer Science.
And on November 17th, RePublic will officially open the Thomas H. Cato Computer Science Center at RePublic High School. With state-of-the-art equipment, and programming that will be available not only to RePublic's scholars, but to public school students in the broader Nashville community, RePublic will continue to catalyze exposure and increase access to a robust digital education - for students who remain grossly underrepresented in related professional fields across the nation.