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Washington High School Recognized as PLTW Distinguished School

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The Project Lead The Way Distinguished Program Recognition celebrates districts and schools committed to helping students own their education by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.

These districts and schools empower their students to unlock their potential by developing the in-demand, real-world knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom.

WHS was one of 22 schools in Indiana and one of 202 schools in the nation to be recognized. Offering 8 PLTW courses, within the Engineering, Biomedical, and Computer Science realms, Washington High School is one of the smallest schools to offer multiple years of all three disciplines of PLTW.

Principal Steve Peterson stated that PLTW is an important part of Washington High School’s focus on career readiness. “Our access to high-quality STEM education for ALL students will continue to be a top priority as we look to expand and connect with local and regional employers to grow the talent pool in our part of the state.”

"Not only does the PLTW curriculum provide our students with some of the best content available today, but it also provides one key component that other curricula do not: it fosters individual student creativity. Our computer science students are coming up with complex, creative solutions as they are solving real-world problems while developing their own programs, apps, and cybersecurity features. The PLTW program also helps our students have success by offering two Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses that allows our students to potentially gain college credit." stated Computer Science Teacher Matt Riney.

Biomedical Science Teacher Jake Durnil wrote, “The project based, hands-on laboratory situations associated with the PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences allows the students to become invested in their work. The students also enjoy the collaborative experience that is embedded in the curriculum.”