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Project Lead The Way

PLTW’s programs will provide hands-on, project-based learning and in-depth teacher professional development

Archbishop John Carroll High School will offer Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) high school engineering program in September 2019. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers.  Carroll becomes the first private PLTW school in Philadelphia and joins more than 11,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students.

PLTW Engineering engages high school students in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. As students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, they test their limits and question what is possible. And by pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Engineering students learn that both failure and perseverance are key to learning and innovation.

“PLTW has a long history of successfully instructing students in relevant ways,” said Anchen Schulz, Ph.D., Carroll principal.  “We are proud to offer PLTW to our students, giving them an advantage over their peers when it comes to high school, college, and career readiness. We believe our community will also see the benefits of PLTW as the supply of highly skilled workers increases for local businesses.”

Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program helps students to develop highly transferable skills in problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration, which are relevant for any coursework or career.

“I anticipate bringing Project Lead The Way to Carroll will be a key differentiator as young students select a high school and an academic game-changer for Carroll’s STEM program,” said Carroll President Francis E. Fox ’77. “Through the generosity of a grant received from the Chappell Culpeper Foundation and gifts from the Mita Family and the Heim Family, we are blessed to offer this nationally-recognized program to our talented students.”

“Project Lead The Way is proud to partner with Archbishop John Carroll High School to excite students in math and science in relevant ways,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Together, we’re helping students make connections between their classroom and careers and build transportable skills that will prepare them to thrive in our evolving world.”

PLTW programs also include professional development training that provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. Through PLTW Professional Development, teachers gain the content knowledge and pedagogy to lead their students through PLTW’s activity-, project-, problem-based curriculum. They also connect with other teachers across the country, joining a network in which they can share experiences and expertise with fellow educators who are teaching the same PLTW courses.

As Carroll begins PLTW, it becomes part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring and empowering learning. Because of this national network, PLTW students often have access to myriad options, including scholarships, preferred admission at colleges and universities, internships, industry connections, and avenues to highlight their achievements.

For more information on Carroll’s new PLTW Engineering program or to set up a school visit, contact Dr. Schulz at 610-688-7610.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit