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Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program

Since 2013 Walnut High School has offered the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences Program.  This program begins in the 10th grade and can be taken as a standalone program or in conjunction with our IB Career-related Program.  PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.   WHS offers all four of the courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program including the capstone course.  The courses are Principles of Biomedical Sciences (10th grade), Human Body Systems (11th grade),      Medical Interventions (12th grade) and Biomedical Innovation (12th grade—capstone course).  With the exception of the capstone course, all other courses take a national end-of-course assessment.




¨ WHS has 109 students enrolled in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program.

¨ National end-of-course assessment data (highest score 9) for 2016:

  • Principles of Biomedical Science—100% pass rate with 92% scoring an 8 or 9.
  • Human Body Systems—100% pass rate with 52% scoring 8 or 9.
  • Medical Interventions—100% pass rate with 50% scoring 8 or 9.

¨ All 46 PLTW students received their PLTW Biomedical    Science Scholar medallions based on their performance on the PLTW end-of-course assessment exams and their lab coats during their White Coat Ceremony in April.