• High quality instruction and learning are organized so that students can make and find meaning in their school experiences.
• Extended learning time offers the students not only more on-task involvement in each class, but also extended school day for both curricular and extracurricular activities.
• Classrooms are safe, nurturing, and invite interaction and self-learning. Behavior expectations are clearly outlined and included in the Student Handbook.
• Students become empowered and take charge of their school trajectory; teachers engage students by creating flexible learning environments and good courseware to build that engagement.
• Teachers reflect the philosophy that “all children will learn” in all aspects of their interaction with students and in their classroom environment by exhibiting high expectations for student performance, providing appropriate scaffolding and utilizing multiple measures to demonstrate academic achievement of students.
• Teachers use challenging tasks and activities to foster critical thinking, high expectations and assist students in knowing how to mediate their own learning.
• Teachers are talented and highly qualified professionals who are committed to providing 21st-century education where technology is leveraged so that all students, no matter what their economic status, have access to this pedagogy and learning-enhancing tool. Technology provides flexible options for the diverse educational needs of students and their families in ways not previously possible.
• Parents are an integral part of the complex support system students need in order to consistently improve their knowledge and acquire college and career readiness skills.
At Pathways Academy, students will work at their own pace while applying learning and time management skills, and where all students dedicate their high school years to getting ready and focused for college experience and career paths. Failure is not an option. General education skills are taught within a caring and supporting environment, while applied knowledge and community service are part of the curriculum requirements. Students will see a distinct connection between the core curriculum and the real-world, while project-based and collaborative learning shapes each student’s pathway to college and career readiness. With the help of technology, learning is extended beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom.