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Six Years in a Row!

Named a 2022-23 PLTW Distinguished School – July 11, 2023

The nationally recognized nonprofit organization Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has named BVT a 2022-23 PLTW Distinguished School. It is the sixth consecutive year that we have earned this national recognition.

"It is an impressive honor to be recognized for our continuous commitment to empowering student access, engagement, and achievement in our PLTW programs," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "I am immensely proud of our students and staff who always aspire to achieve in all aspects of the curriculum. This credential is a testament to the quality of cross-curricular instruction and those willing to do the work."

BVT is one of 262 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 is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools nationally.

To be eligible for this designation, the school 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 completed the PLTW End-of-Course assessments; have strategies and procedures in place to support reasonably proportional representation regarding race, ethnicity, poverty, and gender.

We offer a total of ten PLTW courses; five courses from the Engineering Pathway, three courses from the Computer Science Pathway, and two courses from the Biomedical Science Pathway.

The PLTW Engineering courses empower 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. 

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 success in an 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.

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 course offerings.