McNeil High School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Science. It is one of just 133 high schools across the nation and one of three in Texas 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, McNeil had to meet the following criteria:
- Offer at least three PLTW courses;
- Have 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses;
- Have 70 percent of students or more earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments, or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.
Through PLTW programs, students develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both during their time in school and respective careers.
PLTW EngineeringTM empowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer and adopt a problem-solving mindset. Students engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, and 3D printing their own designs. PLTW Biomedical ScienceTM introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems, as well as the wide array of biomedical science careers. Throughout the program, students take on the same real-world challenges as biomedical science professionals, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields.
“It is a great honor to recognize McNeil High School for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school 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.”
McNeil is part of a community of K-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.
For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit their website.