The Placer County Pathways Charter School is located at multiple sites in Placer County. As a Placer County Office of Education school, Pathways serves students in grades kindergarten through twelve (K-12).
The Pathways Charter School serves students in several distinct programs:
iLearn Academy is an Independent Study program which serves families with children in grades K-8th who prefer to educate their children at home or in a home/school hybrid program. Pathways maintains a core belief that independent study is a viable educational alternative. Students of all ability levels may thrive in independent study, mainly due to two strong components: (1) one-to-one instruction and (2) high parent involvement, both at their maximum in a home study environment. iLearn teachers meaningfully collaborate with parents and students to provide a rigorous, common core standards-based learning plan that addresses individual student needs and interests. The iLearn Academy program also provides students access to on-line learning, on-site enrichment classes, field trips, and school-wide events to promote community and connections with others.
CARE (Community Action for Responsive Education) is a County Community School program serving sixth through ninth grade students (6-9) offered in partnership with identified middle schools and high schools in Placer County. Schools that host CARE classes implement Comprehensive Response to Intervention including Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). CARE classes are operated on school district campuses pursuant to written agreement between the school district and PCOE. CARE classes provide a small, self-contained setting with individual student attention as part of the district school's comprehensive Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). These students are typically at-risk for failure based on poor academic achievement, truancy or poor behavior and agree to an informal relationship with the Placer Probation Department Diversion Program. Parents of CARE students must agree to have their children participate in the program. CARE teachers provide core instruction aligned to the local school's curriculum, and students attend other classes for electives at their local school, PE, and some other courses as they are able; and all students have access to local school extracurricular activites including athletics and social activities. Students are only enrolled in a CARE class on a district campus with the permission of the host school district and the host school.
iCARE (Intensive Community Action for Responsive Education) is a County Community School program serving seventh through twelfth (7th-12th) graders who are probation referred, expelled or voluntarily placed by parent, probation and/or local school agreement. Intensive CARE classes provide a small setting with individualized student attention. Students have access to Career Technical Education classes as they make progress toward their learning goals. Career Technical Education programs and services are a key component of the 9th-12th portion of the Intensive CARE program. These high school classes offer an integrated curricula for students who thrive with experiential learning and want a strong career focus. Classes are highly engaging, incorporate job skills, and prepare students for specific career pathways and/or two-year community college entrance. Career Technical Education (CTE) instruction teaches students to apply the academic skills that are taught and tested in the new Common Core State Standards to real world situations. Students can make a successful transition from school to adult life if they have developed college and career readiness skills that will create viable options upon graduation. Intensive CARE includes robust Career and Technical Education pathways in partnership with the Placer County Office of Education Career Technical Education Program (CTE Program). Both academic and CTE instructors work to integrate standards and provide real world application to develop relevant learning. Students develop a portfolio of school work, a working resume and references. iCARE may also provide a voluntary independent study option for students who are probation referred, expelled, or voluntarily placed by parent.
iCARE Come Back Kids (Intensive Community Action for Responsive Education Come Back Kids) is an independent study program specifically designed to address the academic needs of students 17 to 24 years of age who have not completed high school and who wish to obtain a high school diploma. iCARE Come Back Kids reaches students who have "dropped out" or are not currently enrolled in any school or who face particular challenges, such as health issues or the need to work, that make daily attendance difficult. iCARE Come Back Kids educates students who have fallen behind in their studies, provides opportunities and resources to increase career/workforce readiness skills, provides individualized instruction, and assists students in achieving a high school diploma.