St. John’s is the first and only school in District 300 to partner with PLTW

Algonquin, IL– St. John’s Lutheran School announced on April, 21, 2015 that it will begin offering hands-on, project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to students in grades K-8 as part of its implementation of the Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) elementary school program. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs to students in grades K-12, and St. John’s Lutheran joins more than 6,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to their students.

“Project Lead The Way is proud to partner with St. John’s Lutheran School to excite and engage students in math and science from the earliest ages,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Together, we’re helping students make connections, understand how the world works, and develop a strong foundation that will prepare them for success in their education, and ultimately, their careers.”


  • St. John’s utilizes the latest technology and education tools.
  • Studies show that students as early as elementary school become aware of their abilities in Math and Science. Encouraging young students builds confidence and inspiration for limitless growth and accomplishment throughout their educational years  and beyond.
  • PLTW students will engage in design concepts which encourage collaboration and utilize technology with everyday materials to explore topics such as energy, light, sound, motion, stability, and gravity.
  • PLTW inspires students with a passion and confidence while expanding knowledge in STEM based subjects.

PLTW provides high-quality professional development training that equips teachers with the content, skills, and pedagogy required to teach each PLTW course. PLTW schools also benefit from the organization’s engaged network of Fortune 500 companies, educators, and partners. School-based PLTW Partnership Teams complement the curriculum by recruiting local business and industry professionals to serve as mentors and share their real-world experiences with students.

St. John’s Lutheran School is currently accepting enrollment for the 2017-18 School year. For more information about the STEM program or to schedule a school visit, please contact Sue Wakeford at or (847) 658-9311.


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit

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