Engineering PLTW

Want RIT or College Credit?

Register to take a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) College credit course at Auburn High School!!

One of the most important benefits of having RIT credit is that, during the college application process, admissions officers look favorably on a student who has already completed college-level courses, and even better, you get to transfer these credits in.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. Students enrolled in PLTW courses achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science at Auburn High School, and have the opportunity to receive four college credits per course through the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.

The Auburn High School Technology Department offers students the opportunity to enroll in five PLTW Courses for a total of 20 credits transcribed through RIT. Each course offers a full year enrollment in which students will not only explore the field of engineering but also learn the skills necessary to compete and succeed in our fast paced technological society.

Courses offered at Auburn High:

  • Intro to Engineering (DDP Engineering)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Digital Electronics (DE)
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  • AP Computer Science (CS)

For more information on PLTW Courses, and to find out how you or your child can get involved, please feel free to contact your student's guidance counselor, email me directly, or visit the PLTW Website.



Since you attend a PLTW-certified school, you can get a head start on your college career and add prestige to your admissions applications by receiving college credits from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). These are transcripted credits and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.

The process is simple:

- Students must earn a stanine score of 6 or higher on PLTW’s year-end exam (6=C; 7=B; 8 and above = A) in Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production in NY), Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, or Civil Engineering and Architecture. In addition, the final course grade must be 85% or higher.

- The decision to apply for college credit is made after the exam has been taken and scored. The RIT college credit grade is based solely on the stanine earned on the final exam and not on the course grade. Therefore, the grade a student receives in the high school course may differ from the college credit grade. It is important for you to ask the teacher what the stanine grade is so that you can make an informed decision. If a student subsequently attends RIT, the college credit grade would be counted towards his/her overall grade point average. If a student attends another university, the course credits often are transferred without the letter grade.

- Important: Any student who successfully takes a course in the current academic year must take the exam at the end of the course and register for college credit before Nov. 2, 2019.

- The total tuition charge for each course is $225. RIT has converted to the semester system and each course is worth three semester credits.

- The registration form can be printed at:

RIT PLTW Course Registration Form

- RIT will send the student a transcript at the end of the semester in which he/she registers Students who apply to colleges other than RIT may request, at no cost, that a transcript be sent to those schools by completing a Transcript Request Form at

Note: Having RIT credits does not guarantee that they will be accepted into any program, even at RIT. All colleges and universities establish their own policies for accepting credits and those decisions are based on many factors. Most often, the credits are counted as ‘free’ electives.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or to call at (585) 475-4609.

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