Project Lead the Way

  • Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12, 2021.
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    Project Lead the Way Course Information

    Project Lead the Way Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national Engineering pathway program. The PLTW Engineering program is a sequence of courses which include a hands-on, real world problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout the four-year pathway, students learn and apply the design process and acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency. All courses require an interest in creating and designing solutions to problems, strong math and critical thinking skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively in groups.

    Accepted students are expected to participate throughout the four years of high school. Students will need to select from one of the COURSE ADJUSTMENT OPTIONS in order to meet graduation and A-G requirements. Interested students need to submit an application via google form by Friday, March 12, 2021. Click here for application:

    Qualified students are selected by lottery into this pathway program and 35 freshman students will be selected to participate.

    The courses in the program will not count toward Science graduation requirements. The courses will count toward elective requirements, including the “G” elective requirement for the University of California and California State University systems.

    General Recommendations:

    • Access to a computer outside of class time
      All course materials are online, so students will need to access a computer daily either from home or at the library or computer labs after school.

    • Access to a smartphone or scanner for uploading classwork

    • Interest in working collaboratively with team members
      Willingness to spend time during lunch or after school working in groups to complete assignments

    • Interest in applying math skills to solve real world problems


    Project Lead the Way is a rigorous, four-year engineering pathway for high school students. All courses require an interest in creating and designing solutions to problems, strong math and critical thinking skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively in groups. Students have the opportunity to enter into the pathway during any year except the 4th year. In order to take the 4th Year Capstone class students will need to have taken at least two other engineering classes in the pathway.

    Year 1: Introduction to Engineering Design
    Students learn about the engineering design process, practice sketching and dimensioning techniques, participate in engineering design challenges, and create 3D imaging files using computer software.

    Years 2 & 3: Students choose from the three options listed below. Courses will be offered based on demand and teacher availability.

    • Computer Science Principles Students are introduced to programming (Python), the Internet, cybersecurity, and simulations. This course prepares students for the AP CSP exam in May.

    • Aerospace Engineering Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.

    • Digital Electronics Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

    Year 4 Capstone Class: Engineering Design and Development
    During first semester students will compete in the JPL Invention Challenge. During second semester students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers. *Students need to have taken at least 2 PLTW courses prior to enrolling in this class.


    Students who are accepted in to the PLTW program will have the following scheduling options to accommodate the Engineering course:

    1. Drop the elective indicated on the 9th grade Course Request Form
    2. Take an AM course in the 9th grade
    3. Plan to take Biology as a Get Ahead class before going into 9th grade.


    For more information, please click on the following links.
    PLTW California Website
    PLTW National Website