Pathways is the first and only university-based school in Polk County serving middle school, high school and post-secondary students with special needs.

A Message from Our Principal

We are pleased you are interested in Pathways School of Excellence! Our desire is to provide your students with a comprehensive educational experience while offering support as they realize their goal of becoming vital and contributing members of their community.

Pathways School of Excellence is a middle school, high school, secondary transition, and non-degree-seeking postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities and/or other mild learning and/or physical disabilities. We offer a student-centered, core curriculum of life skills, spiritual growth and academic standards. These are based on the most current national, state and local standards. Our postsecondary transition program culminates in a certificate of program completion.

We look forward to serving you!

John Taylor, EdD
Principal, Pathways School of Excellence



Dr. John Taylor

Assistant Principal

Tricia Shaw, MEd


Mrs. LaTroi Andrews
Mr. Ryan Flynn
Ms. Kristen Reynolds