AP + Project Lead The Way

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Partnering to Prepare Students for College and Careers

To help prepare all students for the global workforce, the College Board and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) have partnered on a program to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and build their interest in STEM degrees and careers. The program leverages the success of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP) and Project Lead The Way’s applied learning programs. Project Lead The Way is a not-for-profit organization committed to preparing students for the global economy, and the nation’s leading provider of K–12 STEM programs.

The program has three elements:

  • College and career pathways that connect AP and PLTW courses
  • Recognition for students who participate in the pathways, and recognition for schools
  • A portfolio of career-focused opportunities for students

Get Students on the Path

The first element of the program is a set of college and career pathways in three fields — engineering, biomedical science, and computer science — that incorporate both AP and PLTW courses. Your school can connect its existing AP and PLTW courses or add AP or PLTW courses, or both. Schools design their own pathways that best meet the needs of the school and its students.

Each pathway includes:

  • AP courses and exams that provide an opportunity for advanced placement and/or college credit
  • PLTW courses, and their corresponding End of Course assessments, designed to introduce you to the field, and specialization courses that focus on knowledge and skills needed for rewarding careers

The table below shows the menu of courses that schools can combine to create pathways.

Explore the Pathway Menu of Courses

Level Engineering Biomedical Science Computer Science
College
(AP courses)
Career
(PLTW courses)

Get Students — and Your School — Recognition

The second element of the program is recognition for both students and schools.

Student Recognition – AP + PLTW Student Achievement

Students who complete the requirements of their chosen pathway earn the AP + PLTW Achievement, a recognition that demonstrates to colleges and employers that the student is ready for advanced course work and interested in careers in this discipline.

To earn this recognition, the student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway — one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW — and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End of Course assessment(s).

The AP+PLTW Student Achievement is awarded once a year in the fall. Students can apply for the AP + PLTW student recognition now.

Students must submit their application by June 30, 2017. By completing this application, College Board and PLTW will be able to share and cross-reference course and assessment data to determine students’ eligibility for the AP + PLTW Student Achievement. Students will learn about the status of their application in fall of 2017.  

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School Recognition

Schools that bring together AP and PLTW courses in a meaningful way for students earn recognition for their commitment to helping students get college and career ready in STEM areas. More details will be available soon.

Get Students Opportunities

The College Board and Project Lead The Way are developing a portfolio of career-focused opportunities that will allow students to pursue work-based learning with leading industry partners. Opportunities may include industry-based internships, scholarships for two- or four-year degree completion, or priority interviews for students with the recognition. More details will be available soon.

Get Started

AP courses and PLTW programs in each pathway are available now. To design pathways, schools can connect their existing AP and PLTW courses or add AP or PLTW courses, or both. Learn more about adding AP courses (.pdf/475KB) or PLTW programs. If you have any questions about introducing the AP + PLTW Program in your school or district, email us.

About AP

The College Board’s AP Program enables students to take college-level courses and exams — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both — while still in high school. Learn how AP can benefit your students and see detailed information on planning and establishing an AP program in your school. Teachers can share the AP Students website with students interested in exploring AP.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way is a not-for-profit organization committed to preparing students for the global economy, and the nation’s leading provider of K–12 STEM programs. Learn more about Project Lead The Way.