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Riverside High has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School

DPSF Gives $55,000 in grants to DPS

For the second consecutive year, Riverside High School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Engineering. It is one of just 64 high schools across the U.S., and one of only 6 in North Carolina, to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.  
As home to one of the state’s premier PLTW engineering programs—the ultimate college prep course of study for STEM-minded students—Riverside has seven rigorous AP engineering courses, an experienced and distinguished faculty, and a college and career readiness plan comprised of 10 distinct elements. 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.
“I am thrilled to see that Riverside has once more made their mark with PLTW,” said Durham Public Schools Superintendent Pascal Mubenga. “Riverside is one of our schools that demonstrates a full commitment to preparing our students with the advanced skills and experiences that will propel them toward a great career.”
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, Riverside had to meet the following criteria during the 2017-18 school year:

·         Offer at least three PLTW courses (Riverside offers seven);
·         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 during their high school tenure (98% of Riverside engineering students take two or more);
·         Have 70 percent of students or more earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments (90% of Riverside Engineering students test at proficiency or higher), or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.
In addition, DPS is proud to announce that Riverside and two DPS elementary schools—Morehead Montessori and Parkwood—have just won grants from PLTW for student enrichment activities. Riverside won $20,000 and Morehead Montessori and Parkwood won $10,000 each through the elementary PLTW Launch program.
For more information about Project Lead The Way in Durham Public Schools, contact Tim Velegol, Engineering Program Coordinator at Riverside High, at (919) 560-3965 or