Pathways Academy is a state-wide homeschool covering for families living in Alabama which was established in 1999. As it stands now, Pathways Academy is the largest cover school in the Etowah County area and has been dedicated to assisting homeschool families for over 18 years. Each of our administrators has had at least one child who has graduated with a homeschool diploma and successfully navigated either college, a career, or family life using the academic and life skills obtained while homeschooling. Our motto is “We believe the paths to education begin at home.” This simply means that we believe PARENTS should have the freedom to choose how they educate their children. We welcome and accept students from all over the state of Alabama regardless of religion, culture, or race. But, at our core, we are a Christian organization and we pray that everything you see associated with Pathways Academy will reflect those values. We do not require families to sign a statement of faith, nor do we expect you to subscribe to the beliefs of another person, but we do expect that having come into our school with the knowledge that we are a Christian ministry, your family will not be allowed to object to Christian comments, displays, and observances during our events and activities, which may include Bible verses and prayer.
The Pathways Academy Resource Center is located at:
410 South 3rd Street in downtown Gadsden, AL (one block from Riverview Hospital)
Our open office hours are THURSDAY afternoons from 12-4pm (Our school office is closed during pre-posted holidays and events and during the months of June and December.)
140 days for K-8; 180 days for grades 9-12
Learning plan (SEP) submitted each fall
Two progress reports submitted annually (1 per semester)
We offer 3 diploma options- Basic, Academic, & Advanced.
Approved graduation exam and 2 credits of Christian religion required for high school graduation.
Application Fee: $25 (per family) ~ When applying for enrollment, each family (except Stepping Stones’ members) pay a $25 one time application fee.
Registration Fee: $50 (per family) ~ Upon acceptance, each family pays a one time registration fee of $50
Annual Tuition Fee: $125 ~ Re-enrolling families only pay their annual tuition fee. This fee is guaranteed to never increase as long as your family remains concurrently enrolled and up to date on tuition and progress reports.
Fees and tuition are all per family, not per child.
Prospective Families and Returning Families Applying for Enrollment: Applications for prospective and returning families are accepted year round with the exception of seniors.
Senior Policy: Prospective families with a student beginning his/her senior year must enroll no later than September 30.
Exceptions are made for transferring and relocating homeschool families.
Re-Enrolling families: Families who are concurrently enrolled who choose to re-enroll for the next school year pay only their annual tuition fee, unless the re-enrollment deadline is missed (after the deadline, a $25 late fee is added.) Returning families may begin re-enrolling in May and are required to re-enroll by the third Thursday in August.
We offer a dedicated Office/Resource Center staffed on Thursdays afternoons from noon-4pm (except during the months of June & December, and holidays) to assist our families with Driver’s license and insurance forms, SSI forms, work permits, diploma evaluations, transcript requests, scholarship and college applications, etc.
We have 3 Administrators on staff who are available to assist families with homeschool support, curriculum and course information. Our High School Administrator is available to counsel our families with course information, college and career exploration, dual-enrollment, FAFSA, scholarship and college applications, etc. All of our administrators have homeschool experience and are proud to state that their children are Pathways Academy graduates.
Both hard copy and online reporting options are available for your convenience in submitting grades and attendance.
We post a quarterly e-newsletter and offer website access to printable forms, homeschool links, and a school calendar.
Furthermore, we offer support to our families via our Yahoo group, a Pinterest page, and 3 Facebook pages for disseminating homeschool advice along with information about area events like classes, book sales, church and local community events that may be of interest to our families.
We currently have 6 active, community service-oriented clubs.
We hold a National Beta Club charter for our Junior (4-8th) & Senior (9-12) Beta Clubs.
We hold 3 Kiwanis Club Charters: K-Kids (1st-5th), Builder’s Club (6th-8th), and Key Club (9-12th grade).
We also hold a National Charter for American Heritage Girls Club.
Our 4 Event Coordinators plan and offer homeschool events and activities on a regular basis throughout the school year for our Pathways’ families and our Stepping Stones’ members. We host an annual high school prom each year. During the month of May, parents and family members love our Student Recognition and Promotion ceremony for K, 5th, and 8th grade students, and we hold a formal Senior Recognition and Graduation ceremony in May each year.
Our Curriculum Corner, a used curriculum sales area, is available at our Resource Center. It is open to the public from 1-3pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays (except the months of June & December, and pre-posted holidays).
We offer “Considering Homeschool” meetings during the summer at the beginning of each school year for families who are considering homeschooling. Enrollment in Pathways Academy is not required nor expected after attending the informational meetings.
At the beginning of each school year on the third Thursday in August, we host our Annual Family Fun Day Kick-off which is open to our enrolled families and members of our Stepping Stones Associate Family program. On this day, we offer a fun activity area for children while parents gather information about area co-op classes, field trips, clubs, park days, and homeschool events scheduled for the school year. Area businesses and organizations which support our homeschool community such as the YMCA, the Gadsden Public Library, A.C.E. Gymnastics & Cheer, Glory & Grace Dance, StarPower, The Sports Zone, EYSA and Coosa Soccer leagues, and other homeschool-friendly businesses are also represented during our annual Kick-off event.