Brooks and Julian middle schools were named Project Lead The Way Distinguished Schools for the 2018-19 school year — the second year in a row the schools have received the distinction. 

The Oak Park schools were among 148 middle schools across the country that were given the honor, bestowed on schools that give their students access to learning opportunities through Project Lead The Way’s Gateway curriculum, which promotes the development of STEM skills. 

Project Lead The Way is a national nonprofit organization that promotes education in areas such as computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. 

In order to be eligible to become a Distinguished School, Brooks and Julian had to offer at least one Project Lead The Way Gateway unit at each grade level and have at least half the student body participating. In addition, at least 25 percent of students who are going on to high school should participate in at least two Gateway units during their time in middle school.

Michael Romain 

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