THE PATHWAY VISION
Pathway School offers an innovative approach to education featuring individualized instruction taught through a Christian perspective. The School equips students to overcome the obstacles blocking their way to academic success using research based, multi-sensory teaching methods.
At Pathway students experience a relaxed learning environment free from the fear of failure. As they build their skills and explore new interests they begin to recognize their personal capabilities and the value of their unique minds, allowing them to develop their God-given potential. Simultaneously, discovering appropriate methods of self-advocacy launches them into the hope of a bright future.
Pathway School’s Teacher of the Month:
Mrs. Alie Westphal
As I went through college as a Music Education major, I realized that I was becoming more and more passionate about the students in traditional schools who were falling through the cracks. I was unaware of how to voice this thought process, however, until I applied for an opening at a private school in Laguna Hills. Dr. Rodriguez sent me a link to Pathway’s website, and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Right from the start, I was amazed with the individualized education, the strong teamwork between staff and parents, and the desire to lead students to know Jesus. From the minute I first interviewed, I knew that this was where God wanted to use me. As I have worked here for the last year, I have been able to see those play out every day. I knew right away that Pathway was an incredible school, and I count myself incredibly blessed to work with such amazing staff, parents, and students.
I am a firm believer that music is not something you either can or can’t do, based on talent. For some reason, kids have this idea that if they can’t sing like the professionals, then they must not be talented- they think there’s no hope for them. This is such a sad cultural lie, because music is like any other subject in school. Kids aren’t allowed to decide they can’t do math and just quit. Music a learned skill, like anything else. They might not go on to be a pop star, but music is a continual source of joy that people take with them throughout their entire lives, and it is a true blessing to instill that in my students.
WHAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS SAY ABOUT PATHWAY
“I am writing to you to express my thankfulness for the existence of Pathway School. My daughter is so happy and has made so many friends over the past two years. She really loves the teachers and both of us feel comfortable knowing that she is in a safe and accepting environment. She has grown in many ways and comes home enthusiastic about learning. The teacher’s individual approach to each student is just what we needed to grow and learn. Thank you for conceiving of such a wonderful place for children to get the education they need in a way that they can learn.”
“My school experience from 1st-3rd grade consisted of dragging myself through school guessing on tests, and enduring painstaking reading exercises. I walked with my head down and mumbled when I spoke because I had no confidence. I have accomplished more in the past 5 years than I ever thought possible. My reading and writing abilities were several years below grade level but I have worked diligently to bring them up.”
“I was introduced to Pathway school in South Orange County a couple of years ago, and I was curious why it was touted as THE hidden treasure in the highly competitive educational arena in which we live.”
“My school years before Pathway were like trudging through a swamp. The teachers were crocodiles and homework was the leeches that sucked the life out of me.”