HSI-Katy uses the PLTW program as part of the school’s STEM curriculum to prepare students for high school, college and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, said computer science teacher Ms. Anjali Nanda. Students are becoming more interesting in computer science at the school, “and female student participation has noticeably improved,” she said. Harmony School of Innovation-Katy has been recognized as one of only eight schools in Texas to receive the Distinguished School designation by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a non-profit educational organization that provides support for more than 10,000 schools across the country. Nationally, 340 schools and 31 school districts received the top honor for their commitment to student access, engagement and academic achievement, according to PLTW. HSI-Katy was one of only two middle schools in the Houston metropolitan area to be recognized as a Distinguished School Gateway, a designation for grades 6-8. “Being honored as a Distinguished School is a testament to HSI-Katy’s standard of excellence, especially in its STEM curriculum,” said Dr. E. Tevfik Eski, interim superintendent of the Harmony-Houston South schools.