Learn about the three main themes of Pathways Academy of Technology & Design

Technology Integration

Pathways Academy of Technology & Design offers a rigorous academic program utilizing the tools of technology and emphasizing technology-related skills as well as career exploration and preparation for higher education and/or employment in the field of technology. Using a one-to-one laptop model, students use technology every day in their classes. Teachers and students use a Learning Management System through the Finalsite Portal to engage in curriculum. Students have exposure in all areas of technology and design from their core subjects to their theme-specific tracks and classes. Students have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing and internship positions in the area of technology. The tools of technology are utilized to help students achieve and/or maintain high expectations set by the magnet school.

For more information about our Technology & Design curriculum, please visit the department site.

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning brings the classroom to the workplace and the workplace to the classroom. This instructional strategy provides students with a well-rounded skill set that goes beyond academics and includes the soft skills needed to succeed in college and the working world. As a NAF Academy, Pathways' approach to work-based learning is centered on a continuum of work-based learning experiences beginning with career awareness activities, progressing to career exploration activities, and culminating in career preparation activities, including internships. Businesspeople guest speak in classrooms, host college and career skills workshops, and take part in mock interviews. Students have the opportunity to tour worksites, network with, and shadow business professionals. Work-based learning culminates in an internship that allows students to apply their classroom skills and learn more about what it takes to succeed.

Project-Based Learning

Students are most successful when they learn 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.


  • November 2019
    • 11/15 Early Bird Internship Application Ends
    • 11/15 Family Game Night 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMPathways Cafeteria
    • 11/19 Pathwyas PTO is hosting Turkey Bingo all families/students are welcome 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • 11/20 Internship Celebration 5:00 PM to 7:00 PMGoodwin College Auditorium
    • 11/23 Homecoming Dance 6:30 PM to 10:30 PMpathways cafeteria
    • 11/27 Half Day for Students - Early Dismissal at 11:30am for Thanksgiving Break
    • 11/28 No School: Happy Thanksgiving!
    • 11/29 No School: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2019
    • 12/05 Ms. Usher & Mrs. Generis on Field Trip to The Hartford Stage 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    • 12/07 6th Annual HPS Education Expo 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMSMSA


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