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24 AAPS schools receive national recognition for commitment to empowering students

Twenty-four Ann Arbor Public Schools elementary, middle and high schools have been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for increasing access, engagement, and achievement in our PLTW programs.
“We are extremely proud of this award from an organization with national reach and presence,” said Tom Pachera,  the district’s STEAM/PLTW coordinator.  “AAPS accounted for 24 of the 32—or 75 percent—of the schools recognized for this distinct honor in the state of Michigan.”
PLTW is offered in more than 10,500 schools nationwide and only 340 schools are recognized as PLTW Distinguished Schools for 2017-2018 school year.
“Remarkably, that places AAPS Distinguished Schools in the top three percent of the nation’s PLTW schools,” Pachera said.

Several of the honored schools shared the good news on Twitter.

AAPS began offering PLTW in 2008 at Skyline High School for 60 students. Today more than 10,800  students in every building across grades K-12 participate in a PLTW program.
“We’re inspiring and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), and preparing them for success in their careers and beyond,” said Pachera, who thanks the AAPS PLTW teachers for their hard work and dedication.
 
Nineteen AAPS Elementary Schools received the honor of Distinguished Launch Program including A2STEAM, Abbot, Allen, Angell, Ann Arbor Open, Bach, Burns Park, Carpenter, Dicken, Eberwhite, Haisley, King, Lakewood, Lawton, Logan, Pattengill, Pittsfield, Thurston and Wines Elementary.
Three AAPS middle schools received the honor of Distinguished Gateway Program, including A2 STEAM, Ann Arbor Open, and Slauson.
Huron and Skyline high schools received the honor of Distinguished High School Program.
Over the next few weeks, each of these schools will receive a PLTW Distinguished School banner to showcase recognition to students, teachers, parents, and guests.
PLTW is offered in more than 10,500 schools nationwide and only 340 schools are recognized as PLTW Distinguished Schools for 2017-2018 school year.
“Remarkably, that places AAPS Distinguished Schools in the top three percent of the nation’s PLTW schools,” Pachera said.
AAPS began offering PLTW in 2008 at Skyline High School for 60 students, and today, more than 10,800  students in every building, across grades K-12 participate in a PLTW program.
“We’re inspiring and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), and preparing them for success in their careers and beyond,” said Pachera, who thanks the AAPS PLTW teachers for their hard work and dedication.
Nineteen AAPS Elementary Schools received the honor of Distinguished Launch Program including A2STEAM, Abbot, Allen, Angell, Ann Arbor Open, Bach, Burns Park, Carpenter, Dicken, Eberwhite, Haisley, King, Lakewood, Lawton, Logan, Pattengill, Pittsfield, Thurston and Wines Elementary.
Three AAPS Middle Schools received the honor of Distinguished Gateway Program, including A2 STEAM, Ann Arbor Open and Slauson Middle Schools.
Huron and Skyline high schools received the honor of Distinguished High School Program.
Over the next few weeks, each of these schools will receive a PLTW Distinguished School banner to showcase recognition to students, teachers, parents, and guests.

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