Los Fresnos CISD Receives National Recognition from Project Lead The Way for Commitment to Empowering Students

Los Fresnos CISD Receives National Recognition from Project Lead The Way for Commitment to Empowering Students

All nine elementary schools named distinguished schools for STEM curriculum and career readiness

Los Fresnos, TX – Los Fresnos CISD announced that all nine elementary schools have been recognized as a 2023-24 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. The following schools are part of this recognition: Dora Romero Elementary, Las Yescas Elementary, Laureles Elementary, Lopez-Riggins Elementary, Los Fresnos Elementary, Olmito Elementary, Palmer-Laakso Elementary, Rancho Verde Elementary, and Villareal Elementary School. This honor is given to a select number of elementary schools across the U.S. for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW Launch, an elementary STEM curriculum. PLTW is a national nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S., aiming to make every child in every grade STEM successful.  

“The opportunities Los Fresnos CISD offers all its’ students to explore curriculum in STEM fields is something we are all very proud of.  Congratulations to the teachers and students,” said Valarie Londrie, Los Fresnos CISD Chief Academic Officer.

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, the schools had to have more than 75 percent of the student body participating in the program and had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module at each grade level during the 2022-23 school year. 

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.  

“We are honored to recognize all nine Los Fresnos CISD elementary schools 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 dedication to empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also preparing them for future careers and life beyond the classroom." 

Los Fresnos CISD is part of a community comprised of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a commitment to providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s Distinguished Program Recognition, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition

 For more information on Los Fresnos CISD’s PLTW Launch program, contact the Office of Academics at (956) 254-5000.


About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) equips PreK-12 students for a STEM-driven world with teacher-empowered curriculum in computer science, engineering, biomedical science, and more. For over 25 years, PLTW’s curriculum coupled with its best-in-class professional development has supported teachers in creating an environment to make every student STEM successful.  As a national nonprofit organization, PLTW is proud to reach 2.5 million students in elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states.  With over 100,000 trained teachers nationwide, PLTW brings relevant, hands-on learning to classrooms across the country. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.