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Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

GHSA’s culture highlights a special learning environment community in which all students are immersed in a rigorous supported curriculum.  As a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) School, we have taken our traditional curriculum and supported it with the PLTW Gateway curriculum.  PLTW Gateway curriculum provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that challenges, inspires, and offers variety and flexibility.  Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning.  They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.

Our blended curriculum prepares our students to compete at the highest academic levels for admission to premier high schools and colleges/universities while embracing the concept of ‘loving to learn’ and creating an innovative, safe, energetic and enjoyable educational environment.  Our student-teacher ratio is 1:20.  Student-teacher ratio for our special groups is maximized at 1:15.  Maintaining small class sizes is key to creating the best learning environment for our students.

As an educational partner to the St. Mary’s Academy, a major element that drives our STEM program focuses on engineering, health and communication.  Through courses like modeling and design, coding and robotics, introduction to computer science, and DNA and crime scene analysis, middle school students engage their natural curiosity and imagination in creative problem solving.  PLTW Gateway is a strong foundation for further STEM learning in middle school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges, such as cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions.  Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives.