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Project Based Learning

PBL is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience. It presents opportunities for deeper learning in context and for the development of important skills tied to college and career readiness.

  • Interdisciplinary

    • Engagement in real-world problems/challenges

    • Engagement in inquiry, solution building, and product construction

    • Use of content knowledge and skills from multiple academic domains

  • Rigorous

    • Application of knowledge and skills

    • Application of a variety of academic contents in new contexts

    • Inquiry process leads to deeper learning

  • Student-Centered

    • Role of the teacher shifts from content-deliverer to facilitator/ projectmanager

    • Students work more independently, with the teacher providing support only when needed

    • Students encouraged to make their own decisions about how best to demonstrate understanding

    • Fosters independence, ownership of work, and development of 21st century/workplace skills

    • Encourages collaboration with peers and development of professional skills such as, problem solving and project management

Available Course Offerings:

Project Lead the Way Engineering

Digital Design

  • Digital Design 1
  • Digital Design 2

Advanced Placement

Dual Enrollment

  • English Composition 1 (ENC1101)


  • Algebra 1 Honors
  • Algebra 2 Honors

Language Arts

  • Pre-AP English 1 Honors
  • Pre-AP English 2 Honors

Foreign Language

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2

Physical Education


Virtual Education/Walton Virtual

Potential Additional Course Offerings 2021-2022:

Project Lead the Way Engineering

  • Guided Workplace Learning: Engineering Internship

Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science


  • Geometry Honors
  • Pre-Calculus Honors

Language Arts

  • Journalism


  • Biology 1 Honors
  • Chemistry 1 Honors
  • Physics 1 Honors

Advanced Placement

Available Industry Certifications:

Engineering Pathway:

  • Autodesk Inventor*
  • Autodesk Fusion 360

* Primary Certification

Digital Design Pathway:

  • Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design 
    • Required: Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop
    • Required: Adobe Creative Cloud Illustrator OR Adobe Creative Cloud InDesign

Biomedical Science Pathway:

  • UF Biotility Biotechnician Assistant (2024-2025)

Current Assessments:

PLTW End of Course Exams:
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
AP Exams:
  • Computer Science Principles at SWHS
  • Human Geography at SWHS
  • World History at SWHS
State Assessments:
  • Algebra 1 EOC (30% of Final Course Grade & Must Pass for Graduation)
  • FSA 9th ELA/Reading
  • FSA 10th ELA/Reading (Must Pass for Graduation)
  • STAR
  • PSAT
  • PERT