Patriot High School, Woodbridge High School named distinguished Project Lead the Way Schools
Posted on 04/09/2019
Students working on a computer with a professional mentor on a projectProject Lead the Way (PLTW) has named Patriot High School and Woodbridge High School distinguished schools. They are among only six in the state and 340 schools in the country being honored for their commitment to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. The schools and districts recognized are empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs. This is the second consecutive year Patriot High School has been honored with this award.

“It is a great honor to recognize these schools and districts for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “These are the leaders in what education 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.”

The PLTW Distinguished District recognition is a one-year designation that emphasizes K-12 student engagement. To receive the designation, a district must have had 20 percent or more of the students in each grade, K-12, participate in a PLTW program during the previous school year.

“As always, Patriot's PLTW program works hard to help 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,” said Jarrod Haselbauer, engineering teacher and PLTW director at Patriot High. “Patriot High School is part of PLTW's 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.”

“Please join me in congratulating Mr. Castro, Mr. DeFelice, Ms. Hille and the whole CTE team on achieving this recognition for our Project Lead the Way Engineering Program,” said Woodbridge High Principal Heather Abney. “Our program was recognized specifically for high levels of participation and high pass rates on the PLTW end of course exams, which reflects years of consistent growth and development due to the hard work and dedication of our PLTW team.”

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-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. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. Visit the PLTW website to learn more.