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 students earn graduation credit 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.

Will transportation be provided if a student is out of zone?

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 a student is not successful or a good fit for the program?

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 a teacher introduce & work with kids 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. 

Can a student still participate in courses like choir/music?

Yes, students may choose to take electives such as world language and music.

Does the program also work with children with a 504 plan?

Yes, Pathways is open to all students.

Can a student participate in Project Lead the Way and Pathways?

Yes, students may participate both in Pathways and Project Lead the Way at Warhill.

What percentage of graduates of similar programs are accepted into college or other post-secondary schools?

High Tech High, who is one of our exemplar schools, has a 100% college acceptance rate.

Are there restrictions or monitoring of laptop usage?

Students will sign the WJCC Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Agreement.

Can you still earn an advanced diploma? Can you get into Governor’s School?

Yes, students may choose to pursue an advanced diploma and may apply to the Governor’s School.

If students are enrolled in different math classes (currently) how do they take SOLs?

Students will take SOL exams that align with the math courses they take in Pathways.

Do all students take the same science SOL?

We will use an alternative assessment for students to earn a verified credit in Physics by Design.

How many verified credits (SOLs) will Pathways students need prior to graduation for advanced diploma?

Virginia currently requires six verified credits for an advanced diploma.

Do students still have to take SOLs?

Yes, some courses will still require students to complete an end-of-course SOL assessment.

How are students selected for Pathways?

If more than 100 students apply to Pathways, selection will be by lottery.

If a child has inference problems will this be a problem for group projects?

No, teachers will guide groups to work with the strengths and challenges of all group members.

What is the teacher/student ratio?


What are the school day hours?

Warhill High School hours are 7:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

How many teachers will be assigned to a class?

Physics by Design and Humanities by Design will be co-taught by two teachers.

What will be on a reading list for English?

Teachers will develop the specific reading list this summer.

How does this program work with common core? College exams like the SAT or ACT?

Virginia does not participate in Common Core curriculum. Students will be able to take standardized college entrance exams as any other student.

Will my child receive instruction from a teacher certified in the appropriate field of competency?

Yes, all Pathways teachers are certified teachers.

Will students have opportunity for group discussion in English & Literature?

Yes, they will.

Will The Pathways Project continue with students throughout high school?

Yes, it will.

Still have questions?

Watch the information seminars below or contact us.

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.