Project Lead the Way

Statewide analysis

The number of UC-approved secondary Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses statewide increased from 179 to 333, an increase of 46.2 percent compared to last year. Of the 1334 public comprehensive and alternative high schools in California, 138 or 10.3 percent have one or more UC-approved PLTW courses.

A-G subject requirements

In analyzing the “a-g” subject requirements, PLTW courses are approved in the laboratory science ("d"), visual and performing arts (“f”), and college-preparatory elective (“g”) subject areas. There were substantial increases from the previous year in courses approved in the “d” subject area (64.8 percent), "f" subject area (77.1 percent) and “g” subject area (40.6 percent).

Subject Area

Courses

Percent of Total

History / social science (“a”)

0

0.0%

English (“b”)

0

0.0%

Mathematics (“c”)

0

0.0%

Laboratory science (“d”)

37

11.1%

Language other than English (“e”)

0

0.0%

Visual and performing arts (“f”)

35

10.5%

College-preparatory elective (“g”)

261

78.4%

Total

333

100%

The top 13

In terms of specific courses approved, the top 13 PLTW courses are:

Course Title

Courses

1)  Principles of Engineering

74

2)  Introduction to Engineering Design

64

3)  Engineering Design and Development

35

4)  Introduction to Design

31

5)  Civil Engineering and Architecture

30

6)  Digital Electronics

24

7)  Principles of Biomedical Science

21

8)  Computer Integrated Manufacturing

14

9)  Aerospace Engineering

13

10)  Human Body Systems

13

11)  Biotechnical Engineering

9

12)  Engineering Research and Development

3

13)  Introduction to Engineering

2

Source: CDE California High School Career Technical Education Course report [DOC]

Adding a PLTW course to an “a-g” course list

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has been granted UC program status that allows the program to submit their curriculum on behalf of the schools, districts and programs they serve. For a list of the PLTW courses that are UC-approved, search for the Project Lead the Way program “a-g” course list. Qualified schools, districts and programs can add the PLTW courses to their “a-g” course list as a previously approved program course.