Staff Report

Solvang School District is one of just 21 districts in the United States to be named a Distinguished District by Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through its PLTW programs.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of pre-K through 12th-grade students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

Creativity and defending one’s work are central elements of PLTW projects. Solvang students regularly participate in hands-on learning involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

“Being nationally recognized for leadership in STEM education speaks well of our teachers’ commitment to exemplary education,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Seaford.

To be eligible for the designation, Solvang had to have had 20 percent or more of its students in each grade, K-8, participate in a PLTW program during the 2017-18 school year.

Solvang offers K-5 STEM modules across engineering disciplines and sixth- through eighth-grade STEM elective classes in computer science, art and science, engineering and design, robotics, and biomedicine. 

For more information on Solvang School District’s PLTW programs or to set up a school visit, call Principal Pam Rennick at 805-688-4810.