How is Pathways different from other public schools in the district?
Pathways is a public charter school, and in many ways, operates similarly to any other public school. However, the fact that it is a charter allows us the opportunity to pursue public education in a very innovative way and offer unique opportunities that are not otherwise available at other public schools in our district and elsewhere.
Where will Pathways be located?
Pathways will be
located at the Mutual Mall (1043 S. Main St) next to City Hall.
Are there prerequisites for admission Pathways?
No, Pathways is a public school.
What electives will be offered?
Pathways students will be able to to take elective courses at the High Schools and Badger Middle school. Electives will be offered hours 1-3 at the high school and hours 1-2 at Badger. Students will be bused from each school to Pathways after the elective hours are over. If a student does not enroll in electives at either school, they will have elective time at Pathways.
Do you have to pay tuition to attend Pathways?
Pathways is a public school so no tuition is charged. Students may
have an instructional fee similar to other West Bend School District
How many students will be involved in Pathways?
Pathways will open in the Fall of 2013 with 75
students in grades 7-9 and the plan is to grow over four years to 150 students
covering grades 7-12.
What will the daily schedule look like at Pathways?
Click Here to look at the schedule as it is developed as of today.
Will a student at Pathways be able to participate in co-curricular activities and sports?
At this time the plan is that students will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities and athletics. Students will also be able to attend all high school and middle school functions.
What school will I be assigned to for sports, co-curricular activities and elective courses?
Students will be aligned to either East or West High School based upon the current enrollment rules set forth by the West Bend School District. At this time the plan is to have middle school students participate at Badger for sports, co-curricular activities and elective courses.
Do students stay in Pathways once they are
We expect students to enroll with the expectation
of completing a 6-year curriculum. We understand, however, that changing goals
and priorities is a natural part of the high school experience. Students may
fully integrate back into the regular middle and high school curriculum if it
is determined that this is the best place.
What if my child has unique Health / Medical Conditions?
While Pathways will not have an onsite district nurse, we will have nursing services available to us.
If you would like to discuss your child's health / medical condition with our district nurses, please contact Sally Spaeth at 262-707-1368
or Bobbie Sieczkowski at 262-306-4640.
In addition, you may request a meeting with a nurse prior to our open house August 21 from 4 - 6:00
How will the transcript for a Pathways student
differ from that of another student?
Pathways will provide transcripts that reflect
credit and grades for classes similar to the transcripts in the other West Bend
School District Schools.
Will letter grades be assigned in Pathways?
How will I know I am learning the complete
curriculum for a class if I am earning credit through short seminars, projects
All learning targets for complete classes will be
entered into our software system at the beginning of each academic year. As
students complete seminars, workshops and projects, they know exactly which
targets have been met and which targets they have yet to complete. This will
allow students to choose seminars that not only meet their interests, but also
meet academic credit requirements. Parents, students and teachers are able to
access and collaborate on student progress at any time.
What is an ILP?
ILP stands for individual learning plan. Each student at
Pathways will have an ILP that is created specifically for their learning needs
so they can hit grade level learning targets. Students at Pathways will also be creating a post-secondary educational plan for their selected career choice.
Will I be able to move at a faster or slower pace than my peers?
Yes! Differentiation and individualized learning are key foundations to the Pathways curriculum. Students will be working to meet their unique needs, as reflected by their individualized learning plans.
If I go to Pathways, does that mean I am planning to go straight to the workforce instead of college?
Not at all! Pathways students will be ready to be successful in credit bearing post-secondary coursework, post-secondary apprenticeships as well as the workforce; whichever they decide is the pathway for them!