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 all been named Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools. The three FHSD high schools are among only 11 high schools in Missouri to have received this Distinction for 2017-18.
“This recognition honors our commitment to college and career readiness,” said FHSD Chief Academic Officer Nicole Whitesell. “By offering all three PLTW programs in high school, we are providing rigorous learning opportunities for students develop the knowledge and skills needed for success after high school.”
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.
FHC senior Chase Thompson has taken several PLTW courses and says they have helped him decide on his future career. “PLTW allowed me to get a full view of the medical field and all of the different opportunities,” Thompson said. “I’m going to college and med school after that. PLTW really inspired me and getting involved in the medical work really engaged me. I love being in the class; it’s the highlight of my day!”
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 student success in their PLTW coursework. “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.