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RHS Named Project Lead The Way Distinguished School

Updated March 23, 2018; Published March 19, 2018

Radnor High School Named Distinguished School for STEM and Career Learning Program


Students working in science lab Radnor High School is one of just 133 high schools in the country to be named a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Computer Science, Biomedical Science and Engineering. This distinction follows RHS being named an Apple Distinguished School earlier this school year.

"We are pleased to be named a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School," RHS principal Dan Bechtold said. "The PLTW science, engineering and biomedical pathways in place at RHS allow our students to engage in hands-on projects that are reflective of real world challenges."

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, Radnor High School had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer at least three PLTW courses;
  • Have 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;
  • Have 70 percent of students or more earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments, or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. Radnor High School currently offers five PLTW courses: Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Principles of Biomedical Science.

"The PLTW courses teach our students both technical and problem solving skills that require them to think critically and creatively, as well as successfully communicate with their peers," Mr. Bechtold said. "We look forward to providing new opportunities for our students to pursue their passions, and congratulate our faculty, staff and students for their hard work."

“It is a great honor to recognize Radnor High School for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “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.”

Radnor High School is part of a community of K-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.

Pictured: RHS's Principles of Biomedical Science students make a simple calorimeter and study the amount of energy in a variety of food samples.