Three Buildings Named as Distinguished School for STEM and Career Learning Program

Pleasant Hill, Iowa – Four Mile Elementary, Junior High, and High School 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 Project Lead The Way. Southeast Polk is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. It is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. Four Mile Elementary is one of just 97 elementary 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.

Randy Mohning, Four Mile Principal, shared, “This is a great honor and we are proud to be named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning.  Our teachers and students work very hard and deserve this outstanding recognition.”

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, schools had to meet some of the following criteria:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Course
  • Have high student body participation during the 2016-17 school year
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units
  • Have 70 percent of students or more earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments, or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement

James Pifer, Southeast Polk Science Coordinator, shared, “We are very excited to be named as 3 of 9 school buildings in Iowa to receive this national recognition and prestigious award.”

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 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 these buildings 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.”

They are 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, about the program or to set up a school visit, contact James Pifer at 515-957-3421.

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