Perry Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

(Massillon, Ohio) – For the second year, Perry High School was recently recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School.

PHS has received this national recognition for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through the PLTW engineering programming. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in more than 10,500 schools across the U.S. Through PLTW programs, students develop science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, no matter the career path they take.
Through PLTW, PHS students have the opportunity to take one of five engineering courses, which fall beneath PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering curriculum. The courses include Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Architecture, Digital Electronics, Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering.
“Since Perry High School has achieved this honor both years it has been available, I believe it shows that the staff and administration truly believe in the curriculum and what it offers students,” said Robert Ballinger, PLTW Pre-Engineering Instructor. “It also shows the commitment the instructors have in keeping the learning experience rigorous and structured, but enjoyable and valid. Our students are leaving our program with a direction and a confidence that many students don’t have.”
To be recognized as a PLTW Distinguished School, schools must display a commitment to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. Furthermore, high schools must 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. Perry Local School District also offers middle school students the opportunity to take engineering courses through PLTW Gateway to Technology, which acts as a feeder program for the high school PLTW courses.
“STEM-related fields continue to grow in both Northeast Ohio and across the country, and we want to be able to give our students an advantage over their peers as they look toward college and their future careers,” said Superintendent Scott Beatty. “We are honored to be named a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for the second year in a row. Thank you to our expert instructors who have worked hard to develop such a high-quality program for Perry
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