Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Riverside High School
3218 Rose of Sharon Road
Durham, NC 27712

Riverside's program is part of the national initiative, Project Lead the Way. This program was created to address the country's need for more leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It began in upstate New York, and is now the nation's leading activities-, project-, and problem-based program for middle and high school students. The Riverside program became accredited by PLTW in 2008. Through the Pathway to Engineering, Riverside students may be eligible for college credit for all 7 courses, based on earning a B and making above a cut score on the national final exam.

To be a part of the program, students are required to take four courses in Pre0Engineering, generally taking one per year. Students are, however, allowed to take additional courses as schedules permit. All Pre-Engineering courses are graded similarly to AP courses with 2 extra quality points added for GPA computation. Students may also be eligible for college credit based on their final exam scores.

Typical Pre-Engineering Courses

9- Introduction to Engineering Design
10- Principles of Engineering
11- Digital Electronics
11/12 - Students may choose from the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Computer Science & Software Engineering 

The following courses are also offered at Riverside and are taken by many Pre-Engineering students as Electives. These courses are not grade with extra quality points.

  • Technology, Engineering and Design
  • Drafting I
  • Drafting II 

Lottery Priorities
Applicants residing in the Riverside High School attendance zone will be assigned first.

Applicants must rank their school of priority as their first choice to be considered for a priority through the lottery process.

*Please note that there is no guarantee of assignment, as seats must be available at the grade level requested.

District wide Pathway Model (Pathway model is defined as students will be transported from their base school to the assigned school. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the base school).