Chaminade College Preparatory Middle announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way [PLTW] Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. Chaminade is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.
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, Chaminade had to offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level, have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year and have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units.
Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives. PLTW Gateway is designed to empower students to lead their own discoveries and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
“PLTW engineering courses offer middle school students exposure to concepts they haven’t encountered before. This type of learning allows the young students to experience working with others through trial and error to reach a common goal,” said Catherine Schaaf, Chaminade Middle engineering teacher.