FHSD High Schools Recognized as “PLTW Distinguished Schools” for 2020-21

Posted on 06/21/2021

The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Francis Howell High School, Francis Howell Central High School, and Francis Howell North High School have been named Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for 2020-2021. This marks the third time in the past four years that all three district high schools have received this recognition.  The three high schools were among only 25 high schools in Missouri to receive this distinction for 2020-2021, and among only nine high schools in Missouri (and 85 high schools in the nation) to be recognized three out of the last four years. In addition, with this recognition, Francis Howell High School becomes one of only three high schools in Missouri and 39 high schools in America to have been recognized for four consecutive years.

“This recognition is a testament to the incredible ongoing work of our teachers, students, leaders, parents, and community partners in supporting the growth and quality of our PLTW classes,” said Dr. Lucas Lammers, director of secondary education.  “We are especially proud that as we have grown our program, we have done so with an eye toward equitable growth – a vision shared by PLTW.  This is an example of growth for all, not just for some.  We are working hard to prepare our students for the modern economy.”

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for more than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states. The program empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and each school’s efforts to promote proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, and gender.

“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.”

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

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