Varsity Lakes Middle Receives National Recognition

Varsity Lakes Middle Receives National Recognition
Posted on 05/05/2020
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The School District of Lee County is proud to announce that Varsity Lakes Middle School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. Varsity Lakes is one of just 176 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.

“The Project Lead The Way program has provided enriching educational opportunities for our students through hands-on, project-based activities and classwork”, says Varsity Lakes Middle School Principal Matthew Mederios. “We are excited to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing our partnership to provide rigorous and engaging real-world learning experiences.”

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, Varsity Lakes Middle School had to meet the following criteria:

Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;

  • Have more than 50% of the student body participating during the 2018-19 school year;
  • Have 25% of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units,
  • Have strategies and supports in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 schools across the U.S. Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

“It is a great honor to recognize Varsity Lakes Middle School for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” says 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.”

Varsity Lakes Middle School is 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.