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:

It is difficult to believe our Extended School Year program has only one week left. This summer has flown by; and by the smiles I see around the campus, ESY has been an enjoyable experience for everyone!

ESY at Pathway is meant to be the perfect balance of academic refreshers and hands-on learning experiences. Perhaps we struck the right balance this summer, though it might be the addition of ‘water days’ when the temperature tops 90 degrees. Either way, it has been a good summer at The Pathway School!

As we wind down our summer programs, we are also in the final stages of planning for the coming school year. Soon, we will be mailing out classroom assignments for the autumn semester and the school supply shopping season will begin.

We are looking forward to the opening of the new school year and have several program enhancements we believe will make our school environment better. We are also planning on adding more technology classes for every student to engage with. We don’t rest on our laurels here; we are constantly looking to make our school a better place for our students to learn. I think everyone will also approve of the new cafeteria breakfasts and lunches!

Enjoy the remainder of your summer. I look forward to seeing everyone on our campus in September! 

Yours Sincerely,

David J. Schultheis
President & CEO

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Upcoming Events

  1. In-Service Day – No Classes

    August 29 @ 12:00 pm - August 31 @ 12:00 pm
  2. In-Service Day – No Classes

    September 1 @ 12:00 pm
  3. School Closed Staff & Students

    September 2 @ 12:00 pm


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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!