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National Project Lead The Way Distinguished Schools Honored For STEM, Career Learning


STEVENSVILLE, MD – Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) announced today that Kent Island High School and Stevensville Middle School were recognized nationally as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools. Both are providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and career training for students through PLTW Gateway. 


“I am extremely proud of the teachers and students at both schools. Our students are gaining the knowledge and in-demand skills to be successful in postsecondary education and the workforce after high school,” QACPS Superintendent Dr. Andrea M. Kane said.  


Kent Island HS earned the PLTW Distinguished Schools honor for the third year in a row and is one of 143 high schools throughout the nation to receive this honor. 


“I think the recognition serves as a tremendous validation of the hard work put in by the teachers and students in our Biomedical Sciences and Engineering programs. Additionally, it is a sign to prospective students, their parents, and our community members that we have a high quality, rigorous, and engaging program of study which will only help to increase future student engagement and successes!” said Josh Dishong, Career Technology Education Department Chair at Kent Island HS. 


Stevensville MS is a PLTW Distinguished School for the second straight year and one of 176 middle schools in the U.S. to receive the honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization serving millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 U.S. schools.


“The implementation of PLTW here at Stevensville Middle School has resulted in high student engagement as well as a teacher shift in pedagogy. Teachers are adapting to a different way of instructing and challenging students with the growth mindset,” said Rocco Barletta, PLTW Master Teacher at Stevensville MS.


Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to discover and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.


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, Kent Island HS had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses; 
  • 25 percent of students or more participated in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses; 
  • 95 percent of students took the End-of-Course (EoC) assessments;
  • Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.


Stevensville MS met the following criteria:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level; 
  • More than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2018-19 school year; 
  • 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units; and
  • Have strategies and supports in place to support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, and can support such claims with relevant data.


“It is a great honor to recognize both Kent Island High School and Stevensville Middle School for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President, and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.” 


Kent Island HS and Stevensville MS are 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, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit


For more information on Kent Island High School’s PLTW program or to plan a school visit, contact Joshua Dishong at For more information on the Stevensville Middle School PLTW Gateway program or to set up a school visit, contact Principal Sean Kenna at (410) 643-3194.


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of 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. Approximately 12,200 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