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Project Lead The Way Distinguished Gateway School 2021-2022

Congratulations! You're A 2021-2022 PLTW Distinguished Gateway School - Cedar Heights, John Sedgwick, Marcus Whitman

Cedar Heights, John Sedgwick, and Marcus Whitman Middle Schools Receieve National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

All three schools named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

Port Orchard, Washington – South Kitsap School District announced today that Cedar Heights, John Sedgwick, and Marcus Whitman Middle Schools have been recognized as 2021-22 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools. They are three of just 134 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S. 

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, each school had to meet the following criteria: 

  • Have more than 50 percent of the student body participate in a PLTW Gateway unit during the 2020-21 school year;  
  • Have at least 25 percent of students who participated in a PLTW Gateway unity during the 2020-21 school year also participated in at least one other PLTW Gateway unity (two or more units total) during the tenure at the school;
  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade (6-8);  
  • Have strategies and supports in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data. 

“We are honored to recognize Cedar Heights Middle School, John Sedgwick Middle School, and Marcus Whitman Middle School for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. “Each of these three schools should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

Cedar Heights, John Sedgwick, and Marcus Whitman Middle Schools are part of a community of PreK-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 South Kitsap School District’s PLTW program, contact Sara Hatfield, Director of Career & Technical Education at 360-874-6285.



About South Kitsap schools

South Kitsap School District has 16 schools and serves approximately 8,500 students in preschool through grade 12. South Kitsap School District is the largest employer in Port Orchard Washington with more than 1,300 employees. South Kitsap School District is committed to nurturing growth, inspiring achievement, and building community so that every student graduates ready for the future.

For more information, contact:
Amy Miller, Communication & Public Information Officer

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