How does Pathways work?
Are you considering Pathways, but need a better understanding of how our school works? If so, please read on...
Personalized Learning Plans for Every Student
Many aspects of our program have great flexibility, which makes it challenging to describe how we do it; however, below is an overview by grade range. Note: Middle school students (Grades 6-8) can fall into either section, depending on the level of teacher support needed.
Grades TK-8: Home-Based Learning
Our elementary grades population is very diverse. Some students have been schooling at home for all of their educational years, while others have newly joined our program. Our teachers strive to support all of these families in a manner that fits with the educational approach of the family and still ensures compliance with state standards and other independent study regulations. We suggest that prospective parents review the tools at our parent training section, such as the "Back to School Checklist TK-5" (Parent Training TK-5), to think through various aspects of a home-based learning program. Your Pathways teacher will review some of these items with you during an initial meeting, as well. There is no one “right way” to approach curriculum in a home-based learning environment. Pathways allows for tremendous flexibility in the methods used (Curriculum K-8) to reach the standards. For some parents, this is very exciting because it means that they can design lessons and unit plans specific to the interests and learning style of their child. For other parents, however, this is overwhelming and does not give them enough direction on where to start. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, please discuss various options with your IST and select a place to start. Over the first few months of school, you and your teacher may decide to make some changes to the materials selected or the types of assignments. That is to be expected. A few aspects to consider:
- There are a range of approaches, from traditional textbooks and materials, to project-based thematic units. Some of these approaches may also align with specific educational philosophies, such as Waldorf or Classical Education.
- As you learned at the orientation session, we offer a range of instructional methods and materials to reach the grade level standards, including curricula/texts, learning center classes, classes in the community with approved vendors, online curriculum, online classes, projects, and parent-designed units.
- It is important to consider not only your child’s needs, but yours as well. As you step into this role of teacher, how much and what type of support do you need? Some parents want a curriculum that lays out daily lessons while others are more comfortable piecing together various elements from a variety of materials. The level of support you desire or need will influence the frequency with which you meet with your teacher.
To learn more about how this educational opportunity might work for your family,
please explore these pages and contact the regional principal in your area.
(See the Enrollment FAQs page for regional principal contact info.)