The PATH School Mission
The mission of The PATH (Purpose, Achievement, Talent, Heart) School is to provide a purpose-driven, culturally responsive learning environment that challenges scholars academically while supporting their social and emotional growth in order to develop conscientious citizens who are prepared to transform their communities.
The PATH School is a non-sectarian, non-religious, Innovation Network School in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools that serves scholars in kindergarten through 8th grade. The PATH School is unique in its focus on social and emotional development and mission to provide a purpose-driven, culturally responsive, rigorous learning environment. Opened in 2020, The PATH School is a 100% tuition-free public charter school that serves legal residents of the state of Indiana. The PATH School currently serves approximately 510 scholars.
At The PATH School, we will strive toward our mission guided by our core beliefs:
We believe all scholars can learn and thrive given the necessary supports to do so.
We believe curricular choices and instruction must be rigorous, relevant, representative and engaging.
We believe culturally responsive pedagogy leads to scholar success.
We believe relationships and a strong community of trust are the cornerstones of safe, effective schools.
We believe purpose-driven learning must undergird our curriculum and instructional practices.
We believe consistently examining data, both academic and social/emotional, is a key lever that leads to school and scholar success.
We believe when guided toward future paths that are purposeful, rewarding and meaningful, scholars persist to overcome obstacles and find true success.
We believe authentic experiences prepare scholars to think beyond their current situation to begin thinking about the possibilities that lie ahead.
The PATH School (TPS) is designed to provide scholars purpose-driven opportunities for learning undergirded by academic rigor, culturally responsive teaching, and social and emotional development, surrounded by a community of support. Our scholar supports will only yield strong results when coupled with high expectations and challenging curricula. To this end, TPS will employ an educational model that includes wraparound supports characterized by a PATH team.
In this model, each scholar is supported by a PATH team consisting of four adults: an academic counselor, a special educator, a therapist/social worker and a transition specialist, with each PATH team supporting 150-200 scholars.
The PATH School’s learning model is strengths-based and works to ensure that all of our work begins with scholars’ strengths as the driver. With that in mind, The PATH School learning model for academic and social and emotional development uses build, experience, collaborate, and reflect as a guide for scholar engagement throughout the school day. Because we believe that all scholars enter our school with a set of assets, we begin our work by building on those assets. By accessing scholars’ background knowledge and skills, we can build on that knowledge and those skills as scholars begin to experience the curriculum.
When scholars experience the curriculum, they are “doing”. They are actively reading, writing, computing, experimenting, and/or participating. We also believe collaboration is critical to scholar success, particularly given that many of the scholars we serve are from collectivist cultures where “societies emphasize relationships, interdependence within a community, and cooperative learning.” (Hammond, 2015) Because we believe in building on scholars’ assets or strengths, consistently providing opportunities for collaboration is another way we do that.
Finally, we believe reflection provides scholars the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and their habits. By reflecting, scholars are able to process content and skills and make adjustments moving forward.