Bel Air High named a model school in STEM education

Bel Air High School is one of two Maryland public schools selected as 2010-2011 Project Lead the Way Model Schools in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.

Bel Air High is one of 16 model schools from across the United States, announced Tuesday, that encompass the best that Project Lead the Way has to offer today's middle school and high school students.

Project Lead the Way is a non-profit organization providing programs that offer rigorous, hands-on STEM curriculum, according to a press release from the Maryland State Department of Education. Carroll County Career and Technology Center is the other Maryland school in the national group

Bel Air High School houses Harford County's Biomedical Sciences Program.

Maryland is a leading state in garnering model school designation for its Project Lead the Way programs. Four Maryland schools have been selected as model schools since the recognition was initiated in the 2007-08 school year. The other two schools are Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown (2009-10) and Wheaton High School in Montgomery County (2007-08).

"We are very proud of our model schools because we know that students are learning fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills by participating in these demanding Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs of study. Partnerships with business and industry and postsecondary institutions are in place and actively supporting the schools. Students are graduating prepared for both college and STEM careers in the engineering and biomedical fields," Katharine Oliver, assistant state superintendent in the Division of Career and College Readiness, said in a press release announcing the BAHS recognition.

Interim State Superintendent of Schools Bernard J. Sadusky echoed this praise. "Maryland is a small state, so we are very proud that our schools are receiving national distinction as PLTW Model Schools," Sadusky said in the release. "I am pleased to add my congratulations to the leaders at both the district and school levels for their strong support and commitment to providing students with high quality CTE programs."

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