PWHS named one of top STEM high schools in country

Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2020, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) was named #2151 nationally, which puts it in the top approximately 6% of secondary schools in the country. 

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"At Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, all of our teachers work hard to bring innovative and engaging lessons into our classrooms that challenge our students to think critically, work together and be creative," said PWHS Principal Dr. Jason Bacani. "So even outside of our science and math rooms, students are getting those STEM concepts that will help them be successful problem solvers and leaders in the future." 

With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with to rank America's Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country.   

The top 5,000 schools were curated to determine which educational institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as defined by the Congressional Research Service, while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings. 

"Children don't realize it, but they're natural STEM students," says Nancy Cooper, Newsweek Global Editor in Chief. "We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity and creativity aren't lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure America's future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is in good hands."   

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School's dedication to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) led to the development of the EDI (Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation) department and lab at the high school, a nationally recognized engineering program and the College Board's inaugural AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award.