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About Pathways School of Excellence

The mission of Pathways School of Excellence is to equip learners for growth and success in academic, personal and spiritual life.

School Structure

Students are assigned to classes based on data representing age-appropriate level, academic achievement, and individual educational plans. Pathways School of Excellence has classrooms with middle school and high school aged students ages 11 through 22.

Students in the middle school classroom are introduced to transition planning, and high school students begin planning for participation — as appropriate — for a secondary transition program. Transition planning is embedded throughout the program in order to ready students for participation in further education, employment, and independent living as appropriate for the individual student. As outlined in IDEA 2004, students in the middle school classroom are introduced to transition, and a list of transition service needs is developed at age 14. High school students will begin planning for needed transition services at age 16. Secondary students will participate in transition services designed to meet their unique needs. Pathways School of Excellence faculty collaborate with members of the Service Plan committee and Individual Transition Planning (ITP) team to determine the most appropriate classroom placement, transition plan, and participation.

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Student Profile

Pathways School of Excellence will accept students identified with an intellectual disability under the following definition from the AAIDD:

“Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills. This disability originates before age 18.” These students present problems in adaptive behavior as well as intellectual functioning. The Pathways student may be classified as having a mild intellectual disability (IQ 55–69), a moderate intellectual disability (IQ 40–54), a severe intellectual disability (IQ 25–39), or a profound intellectual disability (IQ below 25).

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Curriculum

Middle/High School

Students participate in a specialized core curriculum developed to address Florida Standards, as well as social skills and employability skills. Students will be assessed periodically to document growth in areas of educational, community, and spiritual development.

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 Employment Skills Development

Students explore a variety of on-campus employment practice through classes, field trips, and campus jobs facilitated by faculty and staff of Pathways School of Excellence. Our faculty and staff work with each student to develop specific job skills and general work behavior. Career exploration culminates in readiness for future employment.

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Southeastern University Community Support

Pathways School of Excellence collaborates with the Southeastern University community for academics, personal growth, and spiritual life. The College of Arts & Media partners with Pathways School of Excellence to design and implement classroom art and music opportunities. The College of Christian Ministries & Religion partners with Pathways School of Excellence for individualized, small-group, and whole chapel experiences. The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences collaborates with Pathways School of Excellence to develop and implement trainings and seminars to address the specific needs of parents, siblings, and caregivers of students with disabilities. The College of Natural & Health Science collaborates with Pathways School of Excellence by providing minimal first aid as faculty and/or students are available. The SEU faculty will collaborate with the Pathways School of Excellence faculty and staff for continuous professional learning. The College of Education collaborates with Pathways School of Excellence to provide adaptive physical education activities and extra classroom and school support from pre-service teachers. Other colleges and departments will participate in collaboration with Pathways School of Excellence as the program grows. The foundational belief is that Southeastern University and Pathways School of Excellence will participate in reciprocated teaching and learning.

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Nondiscriminatory Policy

In adherence to the policies of Southeastern University, Pathways School of Excellence has adopted the following statement with regard to nondiscrimination of students. Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. The university reserves the right to withdraw a student for cause at any time.