Letter From the Principal
Dear Parents, Staff and Students,
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design does not fit neatly into any school category. We have the rigorous course offerings of a college preparatory high school alongside the hands-on creative classes normally associated with technical schools. With around 400 students we have the enrollment size of a small academy; but with students from nearly 30-plus cities and towns we have the diversity of a regional high school. These disparate character traits make Pathways an interesting and special place.
We are an excellent school in a state of the art facility. In April 2014, we moved into our beautiful new technology rich building on the Goodwin College campus; and in May of the same year, the Magnet Schools of America designated us as the top secondary school in the nation.
At Pathways we believe that our success comes from staying true to our magnet themes: Technology Integration, Project-Based Learning, and Career-Related Experience. If you walk through our halls you will see our students learning through creative projects that integrate technology to deepen learning. We provide each student with a high-powered laptop and excellent teachers to facilitate this creative, critical thinking and technology-driven education. History students make films exploring the meaning and significance of the past; Math students write computer programs that model financial concepts; Business students plan award-winning entrepreneurial ideas; and classes such as Robotics, Computer Programming and Graphic Design allow students to develop 21st Century skills and technological creativity.
Our highly trained teachers work with every student to plan a personal pathway to success. Each student is part of a small advisory group where a teacher pays close attention to his or her academic and personal progress. Advisors, along with all teachers, school counseling staff and administrators, work closely with families and keep everyone informed so we can have an effective partnership.
Our partnerships with the business community allow our students to develop their areas of interest through mentoring, internships and career exploration. This year alone, more than 100 students worked at paid technology-related internships we arranged at organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small neighborhood non-profits. With college and career preparation, technology innovation and quality education, your child will be able to successfully compete and create in the growing, fast-paced and rapidly changing world economy.
I proudly welcome you to the Pathways family where our team of highly trained and caring professionals works every day for each student's success. Join us for an event or school visit and see for yourself!
Pathways Academy of Technology & Design