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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Pathways Academy


Students at Pathways Academy are educated based upon the Common Core State Standards and the Curriculum Frameworks as set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students take core academic classes in Stock photoEnglish, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each core class is taught by a special education teacher and lessons are tailored to meet individual student learning needs. Students are provided with accommodations, as outlined in their individualized education program, throughout the school day. Although homework, tests and quizzes are not typically given at Pathways Academy, students do participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and/or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests during the state-specified grades. In addition to the core academic classes, students participate in a range of other classes including Pragmatics, Culinary Arts, Life Skills, Community Service, Pragmatics, Art, Physical Activity, Typing, and Health.

Transition Services

All Pathways students participate in a Life Skills class once per week and a Community Service class once per week. Beginning at age 14, students participate in a weekly transition planning meeting, during which students explore individual needs including banking skills, skills needed to acquire and maintain a job, independent living skills, travel skills, and more.


Pathways Academy follows a predictable schedule which is posted daily in each classroom. All classes are 45 minutes in length after which, students have a 15-minute sensory integration break, during which students work on specific objectives that are outlined in their IEP. School runs from 8:20 am to 2:30 pm four days per week, with students being in school from 8:20 am – 12:30 pm on Wednesdays. Pathways Academy is a year-round, 216-day program.