Our Lady of Good Counsel Recognized as Project Lead the Way Distinguished School
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School was recently recognized as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S. Good Counsel is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. (the top 1.3% of all PLTW schools), and the ONLY Catholic or private school in Maryland and the DC Metro area to receive this honor.
As Good Counsel’s STEM Program is completing its sixth year, 136 students are enrolled in five courses and eight sections. It is also the second straight year that the program has been recognized by University of Maryland’s James Clarke School of Engineering as a top 25 engineering resource school in Maryland. As of this date, GC STEM graduates have been accepted into engineering programs across the country, including MIT, Caltech, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, RIT, and UMBC, and have consistently outperformed 84% of the PLTW schools in the nation on the End of Course assessments given by PLTW.
The STEM Program Director, Mr. William Jones, attributes the program’s success to former science chair, Rick Miller. “Rick had the original vision for the GC STEM program,” said Mr. Jones. “Through his efforts, plans for the physical remodeling of our labs to create two STEM labs and the implementation of the course sequence were created.” Mr. Jones also recognizes current STEM teachers, Dr. Riely, Mrs. Morrissey, Mrs. Squirlock, and Mr. Hoag for their guidance to students and their commitment to the vision of the GC STEM program.
Additionally, for the past two years, Good Counsel has teamed with GC Corporate Partner tech companies to offer STEM students internship opportunities. It is with great pride that we continue our commitment to empowering students.
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