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 we begin our second full school year in the era of COVID-19, we must acknowledge that we all have endured a great deal over the past 18 months. Our goal this school year is to provide a sense of “normalcy” in our students’ lives. The many disruptions in the past year and a half have been challenging for everyone. This year, The Pathway School is committed to providing continuous, meaningful learning experiences for our students on our campus.

A few weeks ago, we posted The Pathway School Health and Safety Plan on our website. Within this plan, we have implemented all safety measures recommended by federal, state, and local public health agencies. We remain committed to the well-being of all who enter our campus, and to the people they go home to. Pathway isn’t just a school that operates from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. We are a community.

Given the rise of COVID-19 infections in our area, I do not expect that this school year will be any easier than the previous one. We will make every effort to keep our campus open to in-person learning throughout the entire school year, but there will be disruptions from time to time. We will do our best to keep these disruptions brief. Our goal is to remain open with everyone on campus as much as possible this year. Pathway is BACK!

Thank you for your continued support of The Pathway School community.

David J. Schultheis
President & CEO

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Pathway Publishes it’s 2020-2021 Philanthropy Annual Report

As 2022 is about to begin, we wanted to provide our Pathway Supporters with a look back at our 2020-2021 school year. It is important for us to share all of the great things that Pathway and its students are able to do because of the generosity of...

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!