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PLTW High School Named a PLTW Distinguished School for STEM and Career Learning Program July 7, 2021

We're proud to announce that BVT is a 2020-21 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It marks the fourth consecutive year that BVT has earned this national recognition.

“It is an honor to once again be recognized by Project Lead the Way as a Distinguished School for our commitment to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs,” said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. “I am proud of our students and staff who continually strive to succeed in all aspects of the curriculum. Earning this credential is a testament to the sustained approach in delivering quality cross-curricular instruction and the students willing to do the work." 

BVT is one of 204 high schools to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for its students through the PLTW Computer Science, Biomedical Science, and Engineering pathways. PLTW, a nonprofit organization, serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the country.

To be eligible for this designation, BVT had to meet the following criteria: offer at least three PLTW courses; of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33% took two or more PLTW courses during their high school tenure; and at least 95% of students complete the PLTW End-of-Course assessments; have strategies and procedures in place to support reasonably proportional representation regarding race, ethnicity, poverty, gender.

BVT currently offers six PLTW courses in our Engineering pathway and the Computer Science pathway in our Information Technology program. BVT has implemented an academic set of courses in the Biomedical Science pathway starting last fall.

The PLTW Computer Science interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world computer science challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn more than just how to code, developing computational thinking and communication skills for our increasingly technology-based economy.

PLTW Biomedical Science introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems and the vast array of biomedical science careers. Students take on the same real-world challenges as biomedical science professionals throughout the program, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields.

PLTW Engineering 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, program electronic devices or robotic arms, and explore algae as a biofuel source. 

BVT is proud to be part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges, universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities through its PLTW courses.