Rome Free Academy’s Project Lead the Way program has received national recognition for commitment to empowering students, the Rome school district announced.
The program has been recognized as a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Pathway to Engineering, said district Director of Fine Arts and Engineering Technology Andrea Falvo.
RFA is one of just 133 high schools across the country for receive the honor, the district said. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S. It empowers students to develop knowledge and skills through computer science, engineering and biomedical science. Its teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage students in real-world learning, the district added.
Four PTLW courses have been offered at RFA since 1999: Intro to Engineering Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics. Students are able to earn college credit from Rochester Institute of Technology upon completion of each course.
To be eligible for the Distinguished School recognition, RFA had to offer at least three PLTW courses; have 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated, at least 33 percent take two or more PLTW courses; have 70 percent of students or more earn a “proficient” score or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments, or have 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.
“This designation is an honor and shows the hard work that each student puts into their coursework each and every day,” said Jed Musch, RFA PLTW district coordinator and PLTW teacher for the past 12 years.
Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW, said “it is a great honor to recognize Rome Free Academy for their commitment to students....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.”
More information on PLTW’s recognition program is at pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition online.