WAUKESHA — Catholic Memorial High School announced Monday it was named a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW in areas like Computer Science, Biomedical Science and Engineering.
This is the second consecutive year CMH has earned the recognition and the school is one of 116 high schools across the U.S. and one of only eight high schools in Wisconsin to receive the honor.
Additionally, CMH is one of just two schools in Wisconsin to earn the honor for a second consecutive year. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S. “Catholic Memorial has put a large focus on creating limitless opportunities for our students to achieve more than they ever imagined and PLTW and STEM help us open those doors.
We are so proud of our students’ success after embracing the STEM projects and applied learning concepts, guided by Memorial Propel, our school’s trademarked design-thinking process.
We are so grateful for the involvement of our community business partners and alumni. Their commitment of time and financial support have allowed our students to develop skills that will help them in both their school and careers ahead,” said Mary Petrie, Innovative & Entrepreneurship Dept. chair and PLTW instructor, in a statement.
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, CMH had to meet multiple criteria including having over 70 percent of students earn a proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course Assessments.
“It is a great honor to recognize Catholic Memorial High School for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW, in a statement. “They are a model for what school 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.”