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D15 junior high schools named Project Lead The Way Distinguished Schools

March 11, 2019

Project Lead The Way Distinguished School All four District 15 junior high schools have been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for 2019! This recognition has been given to our schools for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW GatewayTM. They are among just 148 middle schools across the U.S.  and only nine in Illinois to receive this honor.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

“We are very excited to achieve this recognition for all of District 15’s four junior high schools. Project Lead the Way has provided a challenging, robust and engaging curriculum for our students,” said Colleen Seick, District 15’s STEM coordinator.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, schools had to meet the following criteria during the 2017-18 school year:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;
  • Have at least 50 percent of the student body participating;
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units during their middle school tenure.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

“It is a great honor to recognize District 15’s junior high schools for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

District 15’s junior high schools are part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.