Star City School District Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Named a distinguished district for STEM and career learning program

Star City, AR - Star City School District announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through its PLTW programs. It is one of just 24 districts across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

"We are proud of the teachers and students of the Star City School District. The Star City School District has the distinct honor of being the only Project Lead the Way Distinguished District in Arkansas and one of the thirty-one districts in the nation to receive this award.  At the K-5 level, 100% of our students participate in STEM education, which prepares learners to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve. We are so proud of Jimmy Brown Elementary for preparing our early learners to thrive in an ever-changing world.  Star City Middle School and Star City High School provide students the opportunity to access and engage in Career Pathways that include: Biomedical, Engineering, and Computer Science. These STEM pathways allow students to meet the challenge of College and Career Readiness and excel academically and personally." 

The PLTW Distinguished District recognition honors districts committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Star City School District had to have had 20 percent or more of its students in each grade, PreK-12, participate in a PLTW program during the 2018-19 school year.

Through PLTW programs, students develop in-demand knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities.

Star City School District offers PLTW Launch (K-5), PLTW Gateway (6-8), and PLTW Computer Science, Engineering, and/or Biomedical Science at Jimmy Brown Elementary, Star City Middle School, and Star City High School.

“It is a great honor to recognize Star City School District  for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said 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.”

Star City School District 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. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

For more information on Star City School District’s PLTW programs or to set up a school visit, contact Gina Richard at 866-446-3647

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.