National Recognition

Adrian R3 School District Receives National Recognition

For Commitment to Empowering Students

Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program.

Adrian, MO– Adrian R3 School District announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW GatewayTM. It is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

Abe Lewis, MS/HS Principal commented on the program. “The Adrian School District is committed to providing the best learning and career opportunities for our students. Our staff has put in many hours of professional development to provide our students with these opportunities. Our middle school students enjoy the variety of science, technology, engineering, and math learning opportunities that the Gateway curriculum offers. The gateway courses offered at Adrian include Automation and Robotics, Energy and the Environment, Flight and Space, Science of Technology, Magic of Electrons, Green Architecture, and Medical Detectives. Adrian Middle School will be adding two PLTW computer science courses next year; App Creators and Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. We are very excited to receive this recognition for our school and community.”

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, Adrian R3 School District had to meet the following criteria:

• Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;

• Have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year;

• Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

“It is a great honor to recognize Adrian School District for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

Adrian School District is part of a community of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

For more information on Adrian R3 School District’s PLTW Gateway program, or to set up a school visit, contact Mr. Abe Lewis at 816-297-4460.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit