Overview

The academic systems at Pathways follow a fourfold track: the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (Pre Nursery to Grade 5), the Pathways Middle School Programme (Grade 6 to 8), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Grades 9 & 10) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (Grades 11 & 12). All the systems are international, relevant to the challenges of the 21st Century and accepted for entrance to first-class universities throughout the world.

Teaching at Pathways is student-centred, project-based, and incorporates the multiple intelligences concept. While the general curriculum is followed by every student, he or she is also encouraged to develop talents and interests in personal areas of academic interest, and in sport, theatre music and dance, for which facilities are outstanding.

"Technology is extensively used as a learning tool at Pathways. Every Secondary School student is required to carry a laptop computer that is linked by campus-wide radio-networking. The controlled-temperature environment is ideal for relaxed and purposeful study. There are first class Science facilities, a spacious Library-Media-Centre and well-equipped studios for Art and Craft-Design-Technology."

Special Education Needs Department

Although it is not a learning center, the SEN Department of Pathways World School acts as a full fledged support system, catering to the needs of students who are slow learners or suffer from learning disabilities, ADHD or in addition, we guide students who have difficulties in learning or are underachievers in their core subjects.

The process begins with an evaluation of the individual students. Each subject teacher is given a "Referral Form" designed by the department and on the basis of these results, the department sends the students for professional testing. The testing is done by our consultant special educator and educational psychologist. Once they are conducted and each student is individually diagnosed, our role as the SEN Department begins.

Tests include

  • Wide Range Achievement Test [WRAT]
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities [WJ lll COG]
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement [WJ lll ACH]
  • Dyslexia Screening Test [DST]

Students with learning disabilities usually have difficulties with Modern Language, thus depending on individual needs of the child we administer remedial education in these ML lessons. Students usually attend these one-on-one sessions with the educator after school hours, that is, between 3:20 and 4:30. Other students attend EAL classes instead of their mainstream English class as it is difficult for them to cope with the English literature.

The SEN department is essentially concerned with remedial, curriculum, and behavioral counseling. Remedial includes language skills, reading, writing and mathematical concepts, following the Sonday system by Arlene Sonday. Curriculum involves day to day subject academics done in the mainstream classes, and behavioral counseling focuses on social skills, behavioral modification techniques and motivational strategies. The role of the SEN department begins at the primary school and continues till the students' high school years. Intervention strategies, however, are entirely need based and differ from student to student.

Students are assessed quarterly on an internal assessment plan known as the SEN Report, designed by the department, and using the regular assessment structure of the school as far as possible.

 

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