Academics at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design
The curriculum of Pathways Academy of Technology and Design offers the type of diversity and focus you expect from a magnet school. Academics are at the foundation of every educational experience, while a technology-centric focus area gives students what they need to understand why, how and where technology is used. Pathways Academy of Technology and Design offers a more direct "path" for high school students interested in careers in technology.
Students are most successful when they learn by doing within a collaborative culture. Project Based Learning (PBL) is the instructional method Pathways uses to help deliver our curricula. PBL is centered-around a driving question or challenge that a teacher proposes to his or her class. The students use their innovation and inquiry skills to investigate the problem. The learning becomes quite authentic when students decided on a publicly presented product. PBL provides many opportunities for student voice and choice as well as feedback and revision. Students must have 21st century skills; including the skills to collaborate and communicate effectively in order to be successful in completing a project. These requirements make learning real-life, thus enhancing the level of commitment and buy-in from students. Students can then take these skills and more efficiently adapt to college and a career.