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The Success of PLTW

The success of PLTW’s programs relies on the challenging student-centered curriculum, supportive atmosphere, hands-on learning and the use of real world problems, which students find exciting and engaging. Often students share a personal story or a recent news event that relates directly to topics discussed in the classroom. The curriculum also moves beyond the learning of content to include the learning of key skills that include collaboration, effective oral and written communication and problem solving.
These programs are not reserved for high achieving students, but are open to all. In fact, it is often the students with high levels of curiosity who become the “high achieving” students in PLTW programs. PLTW is also fun and engaging for the teacher and this enthusiasm spreads to the students as well. The benefits extend beyond high school. PLTW has partnerships with colleges and universities that allow PLTW courses taken in high school to count toward college credit. 

PLTW’s success proves the programs' positive impact on students:
  • Independent research indicates PLTW students outperform their peers in school (both secondary and post-secondary).
  • 80 percent of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology or computer science in college—the national average is 32 percent.
  • 97 percent of PLTW students intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher—the national average is 67 percent.
  • PLTW grads are studying engineering and technology at 5–10 times the average of all students.
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Established by the
School Sisters of
Notre Dame in 1847.