Cabrillo Earns National Certification

Cabrillo High School recently earned national certification from the nonprofit Project Lead The Way, a leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

The rigorous curriculum allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science classes to real-life engineering and technology projects.  PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development for teachers, and active involvement of business, community and university partners.

“Cabrillo High School should be congratulated for demonstrating its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram.  “The real winners here, however, are Cabrillo’s students, who benefit from innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking.”

The national recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards.  Certification as a PLTW school also means that Cabrillo students can apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at 40 different PLTW affiliate colleges and universities when they successfully complete selected courses in high school.

“We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students to engineering and technology courses and gets them thinking about college and their careers,” Cabrillo Principal Elio Mendoza said.  “We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit for select PLTW courses, scholarships and admissions preference.”

As part of the recognition process, Mendoza and a team of teachers, staff, students and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering program.  A site visit by a PLTW-trained team followed.

More than 4,200 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia now offer PLTW courses to their students.

Learn more at pltw.org.