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PLTW Distinguished School
Derby Public Schools is proud to share that eight elementary schools and Derby High School have been named 2023-2024 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S. The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.
 
Cooper, Derby Hills, El Paso, Oaklawn, Park Hill, Swaney, Tanglewood and Wineteer Elementary are among only a few hundred schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. To be eligible for the designation, each school had to have at least 75 percent of the student body participating in at least one PLTW Launch module and had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module in each grade (K-5) during the 2022-2023 school year.
 
Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.
 
Derby High School is one of just a few hundred high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW - Computer Science, Biomedical Science and Engineering. To be eligible for the designation, DHS had to meet the following criteria in the 2022-2023 school year:
  • Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW High School courses, or of those who participated during the 2022-2023 school year, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses during their tenure at the school;
  • Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW High School courses;
  • Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, and can support such claims with relevant data.

“We are honored to recognize these schools for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. “We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their dedication to empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also preparing them for future careers and life outside of the classroom.”

These schools are part of a community of PreK-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.

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