The mission of the Pathways’ Stepping Stones Associate Family program is to inform, encourage,
and support local families, especially families with preschoolers who plan to home school when their children reach mandatory age, prospective families who are prayerfully considering homeschooling in the future, and local homeschool families who are seeking social interaction through the clubs, field trips, and activities offered by Pathways Academy throughout the school year.
Families who are not in need of a legal covering (all children under 6 years old) and families enrolled in other area cover schools are invited to join Pathways Academy as associate members. Associate membership will allow attendance at Pathways’ field trips and events and participation in our annual undergrad student recognition & promotion ceremony for Kindergarten, 5th, and 8th grade students.
Stepping Stones members may also choose to become members of the Pathways Academy Service Clubs- JR Beta (4th-8th), SR Beta (9th -12th), K-Kids (1st-5th), Builder’s Club (6th-8th) or Key Club (9th-12th) and the American Heritage Girls Club (1st-12th). However, please note that Club registration fees are not included in the Associate Family fee.
Stepping Stones members may request a free membership card for the teaching parent/guardian.
Additional cards for spouse and children can be purchased for $2 per card.
Stepping Stones’ Members are allowed to join the Pathways’ Facebook Pages, the private Pathways’ Yahoo Group, and the private side of our school website for homeschool information, advice, and support.
Stepping Stones members will also receive the Pathways’ Navigator Newsletter which is mailed out quarterly. However, receipt of the newsletter does not constitute enrollment in Pathways Academy. Some events such as our High School meeting, diploma evaluations, transcript services, scholarship review and recommendations, senior parent meeting, and senior recognition and graduation ceremony are not open to families who are not enrolled with Pathways Academy.
Please note: This program WILL NOT fulfill the legal requirements of a church covering. Alabama state law requires all children, 6-17 years of age, be enrolled with a church school, private school, or public school.
To join, please click here to print the Stepping Stones’ membership form and the signed Family Liability Release Form (which can usually be found on the back side of the membership form).
You may submit the forms along with your $25 annual membership fee (per family) in one of 3 ways:
1. MAIL YOUR FORM AND MEMBERSHIP FEE:
P.O. Box 411
Gadsden, AL 35902
2. BRING FORM & MEMBERSHIP FEE TO THE PATHWAYS’ RESOURCE CENTER:
The Pathways Academy School Offices are open on Thursday afternoons from NOON-4pm (except during pre- posted holidays, and the months of December & June.) The Pathways Academy Resource Center is located at 410 S. 3rd Street in downtown Gadsden, AL.
3. DROP YOUR FORM & MEMBERSHIP FEE IN THE PATHWAYS’ COMMUNICATIONS BOX:
For your convenience, Pathways Academy offers a metal INbox & OUTbox on the back porch of the Resource Center (on the 2nd Street side of the building). Envelopes dropped into the INbox can only be removed by an administrator with a key to the box.