About The Pathway School

A nonprofit special education school, Pathway builds academic, social, and life skills

The Pathway School is a nonprofit special education school licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Founded in 1961, Pathway serves students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, serious emotional disturbances and other neurological impairments. Pathway’s programs are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools and approved by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education to serve students ages 5–21.

Mission: Promote success and independence

The mission of The Pathway School is to build academic, social, and life skills in students with special needs to promote their success and independence after Pathway.

History: Among the first schools of its kind

At its founding in 1961, Pathway was among very few schools in the Greater Philadelphia area designed exclusively for learning disabled children by unifying the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, medicine and social work with education.  Since then, Pathway has increased enrollment and staff who support the students, developed a vibrant learning environment on a 12-acre campus in Montgomery County, and solidified its reputation as a leader in innovative, high-quality programs and services.

A Message from Pathway's President & CEO

Dear Pathway Families and Friends:

Overall, 2019-2020 has been a very positive school year- certainly one of the best in the six years I have been at Pathway!

In September, 2019, Pathway welcomed 163 students back to school.  Currently, we have 178 students enrolled and we project we will end the school year with an enrollment of 185.

Our implementation of the Boys Town model in our Emotional Support Program has been a huge success, with more than half of our ESP students earning advanced status within the program and two are in position to begin transitioning back to their home district! Also, school-wide behavior data indicates we will end 2019-2020 with the fewest student incidents since 2013, even though we have sixty more students today.

Our crowning achievement was the opening of our state-of-the-art Innovation Center this past fall.  All Pathway students are able to access STEM-based learning in this brand new facility- the first of its kind in the country! If you have not yet visited, please stop by and see our great, new addition to the campus! I hope you enjoy the enhancements we have made to the school including our new website.

Thank you for your continued support of The Pathway School.


David J. Schultheis
President & CEO

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Therapy Dog Visits Pathway

Pathway’s Art Teacher Ms. Schuler has a therapy dog named Tessa who is a shepherd/husky mix. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to meet, pet, and interact with Tessa! Many benefits come from therapy animals in schools such as...

STEM for all Pathway Students in our New Innovation Center

October of 2018, campus was buzzing with planning and construction activity as the General Lafayette building began its transformation toward becoming a brand new, state-of-the-art Innovation Center! This exciting new center is enabling Pathway to...

Learn about our Academic Programs and Services

Explore what The Pathway School offers as academic programs and integrated services for our students to achieve success in their lives today and years to come!