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Enrollment FAQs

Who Enrolls at Pathways?

Pathways Charter School is a personalized learning program that uses the model of independent study. Pathways Charter serves a broad range of TK-12 students who have a variety of previous educational backgrounds. People learn about Pathways Charter School in different ways: families currently enrolled in the school might refer another student or family; some students are referred by home schooling or charter school organizations, while other families, looking for a better academic program for their students, find us through local resources.

 

Steps in Enrollment:

  1. Register to attend an Information Session (see link to the right).
  2. Expect a call or email from a Pathways Charter School staff member *within two (2) days* to get answers to any questions and invite you to an Information Session.
  3. Attend an in-person Information Session with your student (see below).
  4. Decide if Pathways is a good fit for your student and, if so, pick-up a registration packet.
  5. Submit the completed registration packet to our main office.
  6. Expect a call from either your student’s independent study teacher to set your initial planning meeting or the school office to notify you if enrollment is closed.

How do I get started?

Once you have reviewed the information on this website, if you are interested in pursuing enrollment for your student, then the first step is to register for an Information Session.

 

Information Session
Next, you will receive an email or a phone call inviting you to a regional Information Session. (High school students are required to attend the information session with their parent/guardian, and middle school students are encouraged to attend.) At this informational meeting, a local administrator will present an overview of the Pathways program, including the expectations of students and parents. This meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about our school and the types of services we offer. At the end, if you feel that Pathways would be an appropriate placement for your student, then you may request a registration packet to take home and complete. Please submit the completed packet to our main office. Once the completed registration packet is received and processed, you will get a call from either the main office or your assigned independent study teacher (see below).

 

Enrollment and Registration

After attending the Information Session, you have two weeks to submit your completed registration packet to the office; otherwise, we will drop your student’s name from our pending enrollment list. Once we receive the completed packet, we will contact you and inform you whether there is space available for your student to begin in our program immediately or if we are temporarily full. (Space is determined by regional teacher capacity.) Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis, based on completed registration packets received at our main office. In the event that we receive a completed registration packet and do not have space for the student at that time, we will begin a lottery pool. When space does become available, all students in the lottery pool are randomly drawn and placed on a numbered wait list. We then offer space to students in order from that list. Once your student does have a space in our program, you will receive a call from their assigned teacher to schedule your preliminary meeting. Your student’s first day of enrollment at Pathways will be no sooner than the date of that initial meeting.

 

Immunizations

With the advent of SB277, many parents have questions about immunizations. For more detailed information, please see the link to the right called “SB277." Generally, students fall into several categories:

Fully immunized: These students may participate in our program and access all site classes and resources.

Medical waiver: These students may participate in our program and access all site classes and resources.

IEP provision: If students must access classes as indicated in their IEP, then they may do so (regardless of immunization status).

Partially immunized or not immunized but with a valid Personal Belief Exemption: A Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) filed with a school prior to January 1, 2016, is valid until the student's entry into the next grade span (Kindergarten or 7th grade). If a student has already reached 7th grade by the 2015-2016 school year, then that student’s existing PBE is valid until the student graduates from high school. Valid PBEs may be transferred between schools in California. These students may participate in our program and access all site classes and resources.

Partially immunized or not immunized and without a valid PBE: Students who failed to complete the series of required immunizations within the specified time allowed under the law are welcome to participate in our Independent Study program but will not be allowed to attend site classes until the series of immunizations has been completed. However, students will still be able to enter our buildings to meet with their Independent Study Teacher and participate in one-on-one tutoring (or similar individually-administered services).

 

Special Education Enrollment
For those students requesting enrollment with prior special education identification, we ask that you provide a copy of the most current IEP when you submit the registration documents. It is important to assess the needs and services of the special education student as required by the IEP. If, as a parent, you have a concern or question about integrating into the home study environment, please contact Elizabeth Sanchez in our Student Services department: elizabeth.sanchez@pathwayscharter.org or 707-585-6518.

 

Kindergarten Enrollment

Students may enter Kindergarten only if they turn five prior to September 2nd. Students who will have their fifth birthday between September 2nd and December 2nd may elect to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.

Please note: Pathways does not have an early admission policy; therefore, students may not just enroll in Kindergarten on their fifth birthday. Transitional Kindergarten is not mandatory.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about our program or this enrollment process, please contact your region's Area Coordinator.

Sonoma County: Sara Jordan at 707-585-6520 or sara.jordan@pathwayscharter.org

Solano/Napa/Lake Counties: Jill Escareno at 707-642-2450 or jill.escareno@pathwayscharter.org

Marin County: Michele Blaisdell at 415-524-2798 or michele.blaisdell@pathwayscharter.org