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:

On September 6, 2022, Pathway welcomed 168 students to our campus, including 25 new students for our new school year! From the looks on their faces, and from the tone in the classrooms, Pathway students have returned to school eager to learn!  I am encouraged by the strength in enrollment, and I find our school spirit and culture even more encouraging.

As in past years, The Pathway School will be promoting school-wide Positive Behavior Supports.  You can expect to receive a friendly “Your student did great things today” phone calls from the school’s leadership team.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to share in life’s smaller wins as our students learn and grow.  You can also expect to be overwhelmed by the extent of information that we share with you on a weekly basis.  Sorry, but it’s kind of our thing….

I am happy to report that Pathway staff is largely unchanged from last year.  I know most of us have been reading about the staffing crisis in education, and about “The Great Resignation”.   Happily, that has not been our experience at The Pathway School.  As usual, we will continue to monitor this; we are aware that change and transitions are difficult for many of our students.

One change at Pathway worth noting, is our adoption of Well Managed Schools, a classroom management program in our Upper School.  This program is designed to assist with the learning environment for our older students.  More information will be provided at our September 22nd Back-to-School night. You can also contact us for more information.

 “Return to Normal” is a phrase that has been used a lot in the past year or so.  I am realistic enough to know that a complete return to life as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic is not possible. But I do believe that we are now closer to that time than we have been in the past eighteen months.  Today, the Pathway School campus feels much more like before, and that is a welcomed feeling indeed.

The beginning of a new school year is always a time of great optimism.  This year seems especially full of hope and optimism.  I am looking forward to a very good year at The Pathway School!

Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Yours Sincerely,

David J. Schultheis
President & CEO

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