About Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nationally recognized STEM program addressing the need for increasing the number of engineers to compete in global economic market. With the United States ranked 17th in Science and 25th in Mathematics, and with over 1.2 million STEM-related jobs projected to go unfilled by 2018, PLTW is part of the solution by providing engineering, computer science, and biomedical science to students in grades Kindergarten through 12. 

PLTW is a hands-on, activities-project-problem-based (APPB) curriculum aligned with relevant national standards (e.g. Common Core). The program emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and real-world problem solving.

PLTW is one of the four organizations recognized for outstanding quality (Elite List of STEM organizations). It is the only in-school STEM program offering a comprehensive professional development model for high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers. Over 4700 PLTW programs have been implemented, serving more than half a million students across all 50 states!

For more information about PLTW's pathways, please visit the PLTW Programs page.

How to become a registered PLTW school:

  1. Determine if your school district already has one or more PLTW programs in place.
  2. Register your school by following the appropriate steps on the PLTW Registration page.

Cost and Requirements

The following documents list costs for Gateway (Middle School) and Engineering (High School). Please note that some ongoing costs are not listed in these documents. Ongoing costs include equipment/software replacements/upgrades, any fees associated with student competitions, and 3-4 PLTW teacher professional development events per year. With the exception of Summer Core Training Institute, most PD events at SJSU have no registration fee, but attendees must pay their own travel, lodging, and some meals. 

Gateway to Technology

Pathway to Engineering

Requirements for district personnel, teachers, and school administrators.

Program Requirements 2015-2015 AY 

PLTW Agreement 2015-2016 AY 

Program Quality and Certification

Visit the PLTW Certification page to view the steps schools will need to take in order to be an official PLTW-certified school.