At HS2 and SST CTE or Career Technical Education is taught through a program called Project Lead the Way. We have three pathways: Biomedical, Engineering and Computer Science. Course descriptions for the computer science pathway are coming soon. We also have PLTW in middle school. 


PLTW - Biomedical Pathway

We are Nationally Certified to teach the PLTW Biomedical curriculum.  The only school in Oregon to be nationally certified by PLTW.

Sophomore Year – Human Body Systems  

Student's dissecting cow brain.

"Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases."

Junior Year - Medical Interventions  

Students using dropper

"Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics."

Senior Year - Biomedical Innovation

Student using Anatomage Table

In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.

Biomedical students also may participate in:

  • HOSA: Future Health Professionals
  • Internships such as Kaiser Permanente, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
  • Other Biomedical/Science related experiences: Lewis and Clark Science League, Oncofertility Program at OHSU Primate Center


PLTW - Engineering Pathway

HS2’s Engineering Program was certified by Project Lead the Way in 2008, the first year of the program. Because of this certification, HS2 can offer dual credit through Oregon Institute of Technology, PLTW’s affiliate university for Oregon. To qualify for dual credit, students must receive a B or A each semester, and receive a qualifying score on the End of Course exam. Note that credit is recorded on the OIT transcript as credit by proficiency, and is listed as Pass/Fail.

Credit is also available through Portland Community College for some of the Engineering classes; contact Engineering staff for more information.

Foundation Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design

(IED, 1 year, 9th grade)

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering

(POE, 1 year, 10th grade)

Student building a small machine

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Specialization Courses

Digital Electronics

(DE, 1 year, 11th grade)

Student working on Arduino board while reading instructions

From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Applied Engineering

(1 year, 11th or 12th grade)

Students sanding guitar bodies

A more hands-on course, Applied Engineering addresses engineering principles while students design and build their own fully-functional electric guitar. Students use 3D modeling tools to design their guitar body, then manufacture their guitar body using a computer-controlled CNC router. The course will expose students to woodworking techniques and tools, in addition to specialized guitar-building tools.

Engineering Design and Development

(EDD, 1 year, 12th grade)

Girl wiring a breadboard

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career. Note, there is no final exam for this course.


HS2 Engineering Scholarship

A $1500 scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is pursuing an Engineering or Engineering-related program of study after high school. Students must have a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is awarded in the spring. Contact the Future Center for more information.

PTO Scholarship

A $300 scholarship is awarded by the HS2 Parent Teacher Organization in recognition of an Engineering student based primarily on the strength of the student’s Engineering capstone project. Contact the HS2 PTO for more information.

Computer Science

AP CS Principles

Students working at computers

(10th Grade)

This course offers a smorgasbord of programming concepts and tools.  Students will work with block coding, Python, netLogo for modeling and simulation, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and SQL.  Data and procedural abstraction are foundational concepts which lead to a greater understanding of data analysis, global impacts of digital technology and conceptualization of the internet.  Most learning in the class is done collaboratively as students are partnered with classmates to work on activities in class.  Students also prepare for succeeding on the AP exam for the course by spending five weeks of class time exploring a computational innovation of their choice and by creating a program of their own using an iterative design process. Students are not required to have any previous coding experience.


Lesson using a server rack

Students identify cybersecurity threats and protect against them, detect intrusions and respond to attacks, examine their digital footprint and learn to defend their personal data. The course is designed to expose high school students to the ever-growing and far-reaching field of cybersecurity. This will be accomplished through problem-based learning, where students role play as cybersecurity experts.  The course encourages socially responsible choices and ethical behavior, and utilizes algorithmic and computational thinking, especially “outside-the-box” thinking. Students explore the many educational and career paths available to cybersecurity experts, as well as other careers that comprise the field of information security.  AP CS Principles is a prerequisite for this course.


Students laughing while sitting at computers

Students focus on learning Java, one of the most ubiquitous object-oriented programming languages.  This course will prepare students for the AP CS A exam.  Students learn how to make and use strings, lists, arrays, 2d arrays, and hash maps.  They write recursive methods and write and perform run-time analysis on five or six common sorting and searching algorithms.  Students will learn to make web-based, desktop or Android applications by learning to apply Java in Android Studio or Net Beans development environments.  Students use the Agile Design model of product development in designing an application for an authentic client in the larger community.  The project, including the portfolio and presentation that goes with it, will act as the Computer Programming and Software Development (CPSD) pathway TSA (Technical Skills Assessment).  Students who pass the TSA, including the security portion to the project, and who have passed Cybersecurity are eligible for recognition as completing the CPSD pathway of study. AP CS Principles is a prerequisite for this course.

Middle School Courses

PLTW Courses for Middle School

Green Architecture

Students measuring the size of a classroom

Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.

Medical Detectives

Teacher showing students how to dissect.

 Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.