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Portage High School named Project Lead the Way Distinguished School

Portage High School announced today that it has been recognized as a 2022-23 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of 262 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW’s computer science, engineering, and biomedical pathways. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 schools across the U.S. 

“At Portage Township Schools, we work tirelessly to prepare our students for their futures and the various pathways they can take to achieve their goals,” Portage Township Schools superintendent Amanda Alaniz said. “The PLTW Distinguished School designation showcases our staff’s dedication to this mission and highlights the strong program they have built.”

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, Portage High School had to meet the following criteria in the 2021-22 school year: 

  •       Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses;  
  •       Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses;  
  •       Have strategies in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, and/or gender.

“We are proud to recognize Portage High School for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. "We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their important work empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also more generally in life and career."

Portage High 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. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

For more information on Portage High School’s PLTW program and course offerings, visit the Portage Township Schools website at