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Pathways Learning Center


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is a place where students are nurtured, loved, and supported for who they are. By purposeful design, we are a preparatory school, and all of our students are working toward the same destination – college. That said, we believe every child is uniquely and wonderfully made by God and reflects His image. That uniqueness means that, although their destination is the same, our students may take different paths to reach a common end.

In order to better support that effort and ensure that all of our students are celebrated for their individual, God-given gifts and talents, we created the Pathways Learning Center. The program allows students in need of additional academic support and more individualized instruction the opportunity to shine!

Pathways Student Profile

So, what does a Pathways student look like? Our students have diagnosed and recognized learning challenges, but are still able to be academically successful in and out of their selected Pathways classes. We are able to uphold our high standard of academic excellence by maximizing our learning environment and teaching our students the skills they need to be successful. Our intentionally low student-to-teacher ratio allows a high degree of personal attention to individual strengths and weaknesses. By identifying and remediating those areas of need, students gain confidence along with their skills, resulting in increased independence and ownership of their own learning. For questions or more information, please contact Lisa Kelly, Director of the Pathways Program, at lisa.kelly@mtbethelchristian.org.

First & Second Grade

Our youngest students in grades 1-2, who are either mildly dyslexic or have language processing challenges, will receive reading instruction. We offer an Orton-Gillingham approach to phonics acquisition that spans those two years in order to properly develop the foundational building blocks of reading fluency. Students with language delays need a specialized approach to decoding and phonics in order to become competent readers and writers. They need assistance in sorting, recognizing, and organizing the raw materials of language for thinking and use. Language elements must be taught directly and systematically through the Orton-Gillingham approach and in a small group setting where individual instruction can take place. Students in Pathways receive daily phonics instruction, basic grammar and writing, and reading comprehension classes. The reading comprehension class will build on the fluency skills acquired in the phonics class and introduce reading strategies in order to comprehend at a deeper level what is read. Students in Pathways are also introduced to beginning grammar concepts.

Class size is limited to ten students per grade in order to maximize individualized attention. Students new to MBCA and the Pathways program must have a current psychoeducational evaluation to ensure proper placement.

Pathways: $3,500

*Cost is in addition to tuition

Third - Fifth Grade

Third grade is self contained with students interacting with a lead teacher and paraprofessional for most of the day. Fourth and fifth grade students are in the intermediate grades, which simply means they change classes and teachers throughout the day. For students in these grades, we offer three different paths: Executive Function, Reading/Language Arts, and Math. All classes are limited to 5-7 students to maximize individual attention to specific needs.

Many students who experience difficulty in school suffer from some degree of poor organization, ineffective study habits, or low executive functioning. Broadly speaking, “student skills” is a set of strategies all students need to organize themselves and their work. Without these, even the brightest students will struggle to be successful. These skills must be taught and reinforced over long periods of time before they become habitual. The Executive Function path teaches students how to get their “school life” together, so they can truly discover what they are capable of achieving. In addition to basic organizational and time management skills, students who struggle with executive functioning skills usually have difficulty with working memory, task initiation, flexible thinking, and self-control. Commonly, these same executive function weaknesses are often found in students with ADHD. This class will focus on improving all of these skills, which will benefit students across the curriculum. Students in grades 4-5 visit Executive Function four days a week, in place of their foreign language and library classes.

Helping a child reach their full potential in school begins with a solid foundation in reading and writing. Without this, every other task is made more difficult. Traditionally, students in grades 1-3 focus on learning to read, while students in grades 4-5 focus more on reading to learn. The Reading/Language Arts path helps students grow in their confidence as readers by focusing on reading strategies to improve reading comprehension. This path also equips them with the tools they need to express themselves in writing with proper grammar. The content of the class remains relatively the same as others in the same grade, but the design of the class is fundamentally different. Students are taught in small groups, allowing the teacher to focus on individual strengths and weaknesses.

The Math path offers students the opportunity to reach their full potential by reducing their math anxiety and building the confidence they need to move forward in the math curriculum. The content of the class remains relatively the same as others in the same grade, but the design of the class is fundamentally different. Given that math is a building block subject, meaning that content builds on itself as the child progresses through the grades, substantial attention at the beginning of the year will be given to identifying individual skill gaps and filling those before moving to the next topic. The content is individualized to your child’s specific learning needs. Students use the Sadlier-Oxford math program in order to focus on math vocabulary and more traditional problem solving skills.

Students new to MBCA and the Pathways program must have a current psychoeducational evaluation to ensure proper placement.

One Path: $3,900

Two Paths: $4,900

Three Paths: $5,900

*Cost is in addition to tuition

Middle School

Many students who experience difficulty in school need assistance to properly develop their organizational skills, study habits, and executive functioning skills. Broadly speaking, “student skills” is a set of strategies all students need to organize themselves and manage their work. Without these, even the brightest students struggle to succeed. These skills must be taught and reinforced over long periods of time before they become habitual. The Executive Function class teaches students how to get their “school life” together, so they can discover what they are capable of achieving. Students who struggle with executive functioning skills usually have difficulty with working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. Commonly, these same executive function weaknesses are often found in students with ADHD. This class focuses on improving these skills, which benefits students across the curriculum. Middle School students visit Executive Function on a daily basis in place of their foreign language classes.

As the level of reading comprehension required for student success increases in Middle School, not only in Literature but across the curriculum in Science and History as well, being able to read for information becomes increasingly important. Literature/Grammar students focus on non-fiction reading comprehension strategies using a variety of leveled texts. Students can apply those same strategies to more in-depth fictional works during novel studies. Vocabulary enhancement is fundamental to reading success at these grade levels, so students study vocabulary in context during novel studies and utilize the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop program as well. Students are taught in small groups, allowing the teacher to focus on individual strengths and weaknesses.

The Math path offers students the opportunity to reach their full potential by reducing their math anxiety and building the confidence they need to move forward in the math curriculum. Sixth grade math students take Math 6, seventh grade students take Math 7, and eighth grade students take Pre-Algebra using the same textbooks as the grade-level classrooms. The content of the class remains relatively the same as others in the same grade, but the design of the class is fundamentally different. Given that math is a building block subject, meaning that content builds on itself as the child progresses through the grades, substantial attention at the beginning of the year will be given to identifying individual skill gaps and filling those before moving to the next topic. The content is individualized to the children’s specific learning needs and progresses only when students achieve mastery to ensure no future skill gaps.

All classes are limited to 5-7 students to maximize individual attention to specific needs. Students new to MBCA and the Pathways program must have a current psychoeducational evaluation to ensure proper placement.

One Path: $3,900

Two Paths: $4,900

Three Paths: $5,900

*Cost is in addition to tuition

Upper School

Students in the Upper School can choose the Directed Studies path. In this path, students will learn time management, organization, and study skills, including test-taking strategies for both individual subject and college-preparatory standardized testing. Alongside a teacher who will hold them accountable and monitor their grades, students will improve not only their skills but also their successful implementation of those skills in the school environment. Class size is limited, and enrollment preference will be given to students with demonstrated need through a psychoeducational evaluation.

Directed Studies $2,900

*Cost is in addition to tuition