Westminster High School has received national certification for its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, a major boost in efforts to provide students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The certification was granted to the high school’s Biomedical Sciences and Engineering programs.
The certification is important because students from certified PLTW schools may receive college admissions preference, college credit, and scholarships at PLTW affiliate universities. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners, including the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), which awarded the designation to WHS.
According to Sandy Steiner, Director of Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness, the certification is an important step in the growth of the school’s commitment to a STEM education. “PLTW Certification puts this program in an elite performance category for both student achievement and educator effectiveness within the state and the nation,” she said.
As part of the recognition process, Principal Michael Lynch, and a team of teachers, staff, students, and community members submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team from UCCS followed.
John Aubrey, the PLTW Program Manager at UCCS wrote the following after his visit to the school:
”This is truly inspiring that such qualified individuals are so passionate about teaching and incorporate their own interests in the classroom to benefit their students by thinking outside the box while meeting the PLTW curriculum standards. “
A PLTW Biomedical Sciences and a PLTW Engineering banner will greet students as they return to the school next fall.
You can learn more about PLTW here.