P.K. Yonge Receives National Recognition from Project Lead The Way for Commitment to Empowering Students

May 2, 2024

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School announced that it has been recognized as a 2023-24 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for the second year. It 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 Engineering. PLTW is a national nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S, aiming to make every student in every grade STEM successful. 

“P.K. Yonge is especially proud to have this honor bestowed upon our high school engineering program as it represents our school’s commitment to prepare our students in competitive academics, as well as in making meaningful contributions to society. Our students and their amazing teacher, Leigh Anne Brewster, are commended for their achievement and the impact their efforts are making in the lives of others,” said Dr. Brian K. Marchman, P.K. Yonge director and superintendent. 

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, P.K. Yonge had to meet multiple criteria in the 2022-23 school year such as the number of PLTW courses available to students, percent of students enrolled in PLTW, percentage of students taking more than one PLTW course, and efforts to ensure equitable access to PLTW courses.

“We are honored to recognize P.K. Yonge 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.”

PLTW high school programs prepare today’s students for the careers of tomorrow, by not only incorporating STEM skills into their learning but building students’ collaboration, teamwork and communication skills so they can be ready for whatever path they take.

P.K. Yonge is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a commitment to providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s Distinguished Program Recognition, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.  

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