Uxbridge High School Receives National Recognition
Uxbridge High School Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students
Named a distinguished school for STEM curriculum and career readiness
Uxbridge, MA – Uxbridge High School announced today that it has been recognized as a 2022-23 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of 262 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW’s computer science, engineering, and biomedical pathways. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 schools across the U.S.
“We are proud to have engaged in this partnership for so many of our students,” said UHS Principal Michael Rubin. “PLTW courses form the framework of so many outstanding learning experiences for our students and school, and it has helped us energize curricula and students engaged in many disciplines.”
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 2021-22 school year:
Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses
Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses
Have strategies in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, and/or gender
“We are proud to recognize Uxbridge High School 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 important work empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also more generally in life and career."
This marks the fourth consecutive year that UHS has earned this distinction, one of only a handful of schools in the Commonwealth to have demonstrated this pattern of achievement. Among the programs offered at UHS through PLTW include biomedical science, computer science, engineering, and manufacturing. Many of these courses form the basis of UHS’ renowned Innovation Pathways, which serve as a model for many schools in the Commonwealth.
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.
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 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.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW 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. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.