U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan heaped praise on Aviation High School in Des Moines, Wash., during a visit there last week.
Duncan visited the school to illustrate what’s possible with public education, and to update the audience on the progress of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, according to a report in the Seattle Times.
During his visit Duncan drove a student-designed robot, discussed the math and science curriculum, and asked students about their education. “Everyone knows you’re on to something extraordinary here,” he said.
Aviation High School is near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington. It’s a unique school that uses aviation as a hook to teach students math and science. Students come from all over the region, some for the opportunity to work in aviation.