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

To The Pathway School Community:

As I look back on the past year, I would like to acknowledge how much we have all been through. More than a few of us lost loved ones to COVID-19. I hope the cherished memories of those who have passed can be of comfort to you. Some in our community have dealt with other personal crises, including struggles with their personal and mental wellbeing. I hope you found The Pathway School to be a safe and supportive place.

Over the course of the past 15 months, we have had to constantly adjust our actions to meet an ever changing school/health environment. We adapted our programming for our students to learn online and in person. When possible, we continued school traditions such as the Yearbook, the Talent Show, Prom and Graduation. We learned to be flexible and supported each other.

I am proud of the steps we took to keep The Pathway School community healthy and safe. Our enhanced safety protocols, weekly COVID testing, multiple vaccine clinics and rigorous contact tracing helped to protect those who returned to our campus.

Our parents and families shouldered the significant burden of keeping their students engaged while they learned at home. Pathway faculty and staff rose to the challenge of educating our students in new and different ways all while keeping the students on campus healthy and safe and our families informed. This past school year was a total team effort.

My thanks to the entire Pathway School community for making this past school year a success.


David J. Schultheis
President & CEO

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