PLTW Participation Fee

2020-21 School Year

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Important Information Regarding PLTW Participation Fee

Balancing the needs for enhancements to our programs and services while limiting the financial impact to schools and districts is a top priority.

For the first time in six years, PLTW is increasing participation fees by $200 per program to ensure all students have access to enhanced and new experiences. The participation fee increase will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year and will hold flat at least through the 2022-23 school year.

We are providing our network with this information in advance to help with planning and budgeting for the upcoming school year. Please use this resource to answer any questions you may have related to the PLTW participation fees increase. 

2020-21 School Year Participation Fee

This is the first time in six years, PLTW has increased participation fees.  The participation fee increase of $200 per program will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year.  The new increase will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year and hold flat for at least three years through the 2022-23 school year.

Balancing the needs for enhancements to our programs while limiting the financial impact to schools and districts is a top priority.  However, as PLTW focuses on creating improved experiences increases are sometimes inevitable. 

PLTW provides a great value to schools and in the past six years while our participation fees have remained flat, we introduced 24/7 support for our network through our Solution Center, new first-of-its-kind assessments,  Spanish language versions of our PreK-8 curriculum and more PLTW grant opportunities.

Additionally, we now offer Chromebook accessibility for PLTW Launch modules, PLTW Training Guarantee to help ensure the success of your programs during teacher transition, and this Fall PLTW Launch will provide full coverage of NGSS Performance expectations among other new and enhanced experiences.

PLTW also always works to negotiate the best prices so more students have access to curriculum and software needed to create a transformative and engaging classroom experience.

The Participation Fee is assessed annually, and this is our first fee increase in six years.  The new fee structure is $3,200 for PLTW Engineering, $2,200 for PLTW Biomedical Science and PLTW Computer Science, and $950 for PLTW Gateway and PLTW Launch. High schools can offer all three high school programs for a total Participation Fee of $5,400. Nonprofit post-secondary institutions offering PLTW to either secondary or post-secondary students will pay the same Participation Fee as secondary schools.

The Participation Fee includes access to all the program features for which a school has a trained teacher, including, but not limited to, access to curriculum through Courses - the Project Lead The Way curriculum delivery tool; Community – a tool that allows teachers to connect with one another, share ideas, and learn from their peers; assessments; unlimited required software licenses; teacher resources and learning opportunities; student recognition opportunities; reporting tools; and the PLTW Solution Center.

The Participation Fee does not cover teacher Core Training costs and related expenses, equipment and supplies, including annual consumables, unlimited print materials, specific course resources such as the Network Security Lab hosting fee for Cybersecurity, and outside services such as fees for industry certification.

The participation fee increase will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year.  All school sites are invoiced in spring of the current school year with payments due by Aug. 31 of the upcoming school year.

Yes. The Participation Fee covers all modules, units, or courses in a program from July 1 to June 30.

As PLTW works to create the best experience for our network, price increases will be necessary from time to time.  While the participation fee increase will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year, PLTW will hold this fee flat for at least three years through the 2022-23 school year. Additionally, professional development pricing will stay flat for at least a year.

PLTW also works to negotiate the best prices so more students have access to curriculum and software needed to create a transformative and engaging classroom experience.  We continue to look for opportunities to improve our Store and its offerings and work to keep pricing affordable for our network.

Entering the 2020-21 school year, the new participation fee will apply to all schools, including those who registered for new programs. 

Balancing the needs for enhancements to our programs while limiting the financial impact to schools and districts is a top priority.  Over the past six years we’ve been able to continue to make enhancements to our programs and services will keeping the participation fee flat.  

PLTW provides a great value to schools and in the past six years while our participation fees have remained flat, we introduced 24/7 support for our network through our Solution Center, new first-of-its-kind assessments,  Spanish language versions of our curriculum and more PLTW grant opportunities.

Additionally, we now offer Chromebook accessibility for PLTW Launch modules, PLTW Training Guarantee to help ensure the success of your programs during teacher transition, and this fall will provide full coverage of NGSS Performance expectations.

If requested, PLTW can work with you to develop a letter of support to request funding from community organizations who might be able to help cover the cost of the participation fees.

High school with all three programs will have a total increase from $5,000 to $5,400.

Leading the Way to a Better Future for Students

Our commitment to provide students and teachers with a transformative and engaging PLTW experience has allowed us to continue to expand access to more students than ever before. As the world evolves, PLTW continues to develop new opportunities to inspire students to solve tomorrow’s challenges through new and innovative experiences.

Over the last few years, we introduced 24/7 support for our network through our Solution Center, new first-of-its-kind assessments, Spanish language versions of our PreK-8 curriculum and more PLTW grant opportunities.

Additionally, we now offer Chromebook accessibility for PLTW Launch modules, PLTW Training Guarantee to help ensure the success of your programs during teacher transition, and we don't stop here. This Fall PLTW Launch will provide full coverage of NGSS Performance expectations among other new and enhanced experiences.

We're Here To Help

Questions? Our friendly PLTW Solution Center Team Members are here to answer all of your questions. Email or call us at 877.335.7589 for live, one-on-one support seven days a week.

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