For the third consecutive year, all three Herricks elementary schools have been recognized as Project Lead the Way Distinguished Schools. Center Street, Denton Avenue and Searingtown schools earned this achievement by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. Seventeen districts and approximately 600 schools across the country received this designation.
According to PLTW, the Distinguished Schools empower their students to unlock their potential by developing the in-demand, real-world knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom.
Herricks implemented Project Lead the Way in grades K-5 during the 2015-16 school year and has expanded upon it since then. The curriculum emphasizes the STEM components of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and encompasses four modules: two engineering segments, one biomedicine unit and one computer science piece. Collaboration and hands-on engagement are key, as students work together and learn through trial and error to solve problems.