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About the Pathways Project

In the place of a prescribed program of studies, students participating in The Pathways Project @ Warhill High School will work at their own pace to demonstrate mastery of course content – while earning credits toward graduation. Students will experience flexibility through personalized learning opportunities:

  • online and blended (online with a teacher) instruction;
  • dual enrollment and early college options;
  • project-based and community-based learning; and
  • credit acceleration or recovery.

The Pathways Project @ WHS will connect each student’s education to their own skills and interests in a way that will result in deeper learning. Pathways students will be able to:

  • think critically about what their future will be;
  • acquire skills to navigate their future;
  • connect with industries and businesses; and
  • follow their personal Pathway.

Each school year, 100 ninth grade students will have an opportunity to design their own paths to success in their careers and future education. Students participating in The Pathways Project @ WHS will be full-time Warhill High School students and will be eligible to participate in WHS athletics and activities.

For more information on The Pathways Project @ WHS, watch the videos below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students follow a regular high school schedule?

Pathways Project participants will meet with a mentor and develop a personalized learning pathway. Students will incorporate blended and online courses into their schedules.

Will transportation be provided to out-of-zone students?

Bus transportation will be provided to all out-of-zone Pathways students. Specific details will be provided to families by the WJCC transportation department in August.

What happens if student is not successful or fitting in?

We will work with the family and student to transition the student back to a traditional coursework either at Warhill High School or the student’s zoned school.

What happens if a student changes his/her mind about what career path they want to pursue?

Working collaboratively, the family and school will adjust the student’s individual Pathways plan to meet new interests and maintain on-time graduation.

Will the diploma/credits be recognized by colleges & universities?

Yes, students will have a high school transcript that will be recognized by post-secondary institutions.

Who introduces new math/science concepts? Will teachers introduce & work with students before on-line practice?

Pathways Math and Pathways English will use both teachers and digital content to introduce and reinforce concepts and skills to students.

Will students earn graduation credits for the new classes?

While students will focus on mastering content rather than seat time, the successful completion of course content will result in high school credit.

My student isn’t sure about his/her future. Will interest in a specific career be required for entry into the program?

No, as part of the freshman experience all Pathways students will have opportunities to explore many career options.

Will sports and extracurricular activities at WHS be open to my child?

Yes, freshmen participating in the Pathways Project will be eligible for athletics and clubs at WHS.

Will my student earn a high school diploma?

Yes, if the student successfully completes the requirements of the Pathways Project, he/she will earn a high school diploma.

Additional Resources

Parent Information Seminar

School Board Presentation

The Pathways Project is a partnership between Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and the College of William & Mary.