Project Lead The Way is a national program that inspires high school students to pursue careers in engineering design and technology. At Independence PLTW offers a unique combination of courses and opportunities. Independence offers the only Introduction to Design class that gives UC approved Fine Art (F) credit. It also has the only aerospace engineering class with an emphasis in robotics. Do you love designing concepts and bringing them to life? The Engineering Academy at Independence High School lets you design, build and test prototypes while learning the basics needed for various careers and college degrees within aerospace, computer science and other engineering careers.
Solve hands-on engineering challenges and attend core classes with the same group of students. This “school within a school” model helps you maintain an advanced focus, develop strong bonds, and strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills. Experience rigorous, real-world engineering challenges as you get a head-start on college and career.
Start by getting first-hand experience in an industry you’re curious about. We can help you get a paid summer internship at IBM or other high tech companies. You can also do job shadowing as offered through Junior Achievement Clubs, High Tech University, and ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering). Mentoring after school program.
Another way to learn from others’ experience and have a great time exploring engineering is by joining any of our various clubs, from Regional MESA with SJSU, Robotics and Remote Control flight club.
Another way to learn from others’ experience and have a great time exploring engineering is by joining any of the Engineering Academy’s various clubs, from Regional MESA with SJSU, to Girls in Engineering, Robotic, and Remote Control flight club.
Yes, you can do Christmas in The Park and Service Learning with EVC. You can also get involved in after school mentoring with ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering).
Yes! Your core classes are A-G certified for UC. In addition, since the Mineta Transportation Summer Institute offer credit with San Jose State, you can get 3 units of transferable general education units for environmental studies while in high school.
You’ll have access to a variety of industry-recognized software, tools and machines, including:
Absolutely! The more active you are in this high school for architecture and design, the more you can achieve. Here’s a sample:
Gain lifelong skills, experiences and specialized knowledge.
Every pathway lets you explore what’s really out there in a field of your choice before you even graduate from high school. Apply now and get a head start on college and your career.