3 LRHSD Schools Receive National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Named a Distinguished School for STEM Curriculum and Career Readiness

  • SHAMONG, NJ – Lenape, Cherokee and Seneca high schools announce that they have been recognized as a 2022-23 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. The three Lenape District schools are among the eight high schools in New Jersey and 262 across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW’s computer science, engineering, and biomedical pathways. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 schools across the U.S.

    “Project Lead the Way has given additional opportunities for students who have declared their interest in a STEM related career path. We are proud to recognize both students and staff who are committed to the engineering pathway program in the Lenape Regional High School District,” said LRHSD Director of Curriculum & Instruction Heather Xenakis.

    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, our schools had to meet the following criteria:

    • 25 percent or more of the students participated in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses;
    • Offered and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses;
    • Strategies are in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, and/or gender.

    “We are proud to recognize Lenape, Cherokee, and Seneca High School for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. "We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their important work empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also more generally in life and career."

    The Lenape Regional High School District is part of a community of 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 the Project Lead the Way website.

    For more information on the Lenape Regional High School District’s PLTW Engineering program, contact Heather Xenakis