High School Specialty Programs Earn Awards

High School Specialty Programs Earn Awards
Posted on 03/21/2019

Congratulations to both Lakeland High School and Nansemond River High School for each earning the prestigious national Project Lead the Way Distinguished School award 

Lakeland offers the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program in Biomedical Sciences.  Nansemond River offers the PLTW program in Engineering.  These Suffolk schools are two out of only six schools in Virginia to receive this recognition for 2017-18 achievements.  

The national recognition program is designed to honor districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. The schools recognized are empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition for high school programs is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and student success in their PLTW coursework. 

“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.”

Through PLTW programs, students develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

As PLTW students progress, they are empowered to engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. 

The student achievement benchmark to earn this distinguished school honor is having at least 70 percent of students earning a proficient score on specific PLTW assessments.  

Eighty-one percent (81%) of the Biomedical Sciences students earned a proficient or higher on the PLTW end-of-course tests in the areas of Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, and Medical Interventions.  The PLTW Biomedical Sciences program began in 2014 at Lakeland High School and recently graduated its first cohort of 14 students in 2018.  Sarah McDonald is the teacher who leads the program.

Eighty percent (80%) of the Engineering students earned a proficient or higher on the PLTW end-of-course tests in the areas of Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Digital Electronics.  The PLTW Engineering program began in 2010 at Nansemond River High School and has had five successful graduating classes of more than 95 students. Dawn Rountree is the teacher who leads the program. 

Students in both programs have the potential to earn college level credit for these courses in addition to numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses that are part of the PLTW course of study.   

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 professional development 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. For more information on Project Lead the Way, visit www.pltw.org

Project Lead the Way - Engineering
    Housed at NRHS, this program empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. Courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality.
    Courses include Introduction to Engineering Design (Grade 9), Principles of Engineering (Grade 10), Digital Electronics (Grade 11), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Grade 11), and Engineering Design & Development (Grade 12).

Project Lead the Way - Biomedical Science
    Housed at Lakeland High School, this program empowers students to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges. Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills to include critical thinking and communication.
    Courses include Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (Grade 9), Human Body Systems (Grade 10), Medical Interventions (Grade 11), and Biomedical Innovation (Grade 12).

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