Uxbridge High School Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Uxbridge High School Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students
Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program


UXBRIDGE, MA – Uxbridge High School announced today that it has been recognized as a 2021-22 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of 191 high schools across the United States to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW Computer Science, Biomedical Science, and Engineering. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S. 

“Our partnership with Project Lead the Way continues to advance our school’s learning capacity in authentic, creative, and rigorous ways,” said Uxbridge High School Principal Michael Rubin. “For us to be in this select group of schools nation-wide speaks to the commitment of our educators and their skill, our entire school approach to applied learning, and, most importantly, to continue to push forward and relentlessly pursue excellence, regardless of the challenges we face.”

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, Uxbridge High School had to meet the following criteria in the 2020-21 school year:

  • Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW High School courses, or of those who participated during the 2020-21 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.

Uxbridge High School is one of only three schools in the state of Massachusetts to have earned more than one Distinguished High School recognition. This year marks the third consecutive year that UHS has been named a Distinguished High School, one of only 71 schools in the country to have done so. UHS offers courses in engineering, biomedical science, and computer science.

“We are honored to recognize Uxbridge High School for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. “Uxbridge High School should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

Uxbridge High School is 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. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition




About School

Uxbridge High School is a comprehensive high school, located in the historic Blackstone Valley between Worcester and Providence. UHS enrolls about 600 students in grades 8-12 and is recognized for being a leader in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its Innovation Pathway programs, which merge high quality technical learning with academic outcomes and career exploration.


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PLTW Computer Science 

The PLTW Computer Science interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world computer science challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn more than just how to code, developing computational thinking and communication skills for our increasingly technology-based economy. 

PLTW Biomedical Science 

PLTW Biomedical Science introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems, as well as the wide array of biomedical science careers. Throughout the program, students take on the same real-world challenges as biomedical science professionals, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields. 

PLTW Engineering 

PLTW Engineering empowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer and adopt a problem-solving mindset. Students engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, and exploring algae as a biofuel source.