|Pattonville named among Newsweek's Top STEM High Schools in U.S.|
|Friday, November 8, 2019|
Pattonville High School has been named one of Newsweek’s Top STEM High Schools in America, honoring its excellence in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Newsweek announced its top schools on Nov. 8 to coincide with National STEM Day.
Overall, Pattonville is ranked No. 2,793 in the Top 5,000 public and private high schools for STEM education in the United States. When looking at just public and charter schools (which are also public schools), Pattonville was named in the Top 8% nationally out of more than 21,000 public high schools in the country.
In Missouri, only 81 public and private high schools made Newsweek's list. There are 584 public and charter high schools in the state, and Pattonville is ranked No. 16 out of the 45 public/charter schools to receive the recognition. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.
The top 5,000 schools were curated from STEM.org Educational ResearchTM (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) - as defined by the Congressional Research Service - while preparing them for postsecondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.
Pattonville High School is home to robust STEM programs, including four-year pathways in biomedical science, computer science and engineering that lead to capstone courses working with mentors or leaders in related industries. The biomedical science program is nationally certified through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national organization that provides STEM education programs. The high school piloted PLTW's four-year computer science program, helping PLTW develop curriculum that is used across the nation. Pattonville High School has earned recognition as a national PLTW Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW courses. In addition, Pattonville students who meet certain requirements can also graduate from high school with certificates that enable them to work in industry right out of high school. These certifications include a certified nurse assistant (CNA) certification and life science laboratory assistant (biomedical science) certificate. Pattonville also enables students to take part in extended learning opportunities (ELOs) with community partners to advance their learning and earn high school credit.
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