Pathways Academy provides a comprehensive educational program to middle and high students between the ages of 11 to 21 who require a more structured environment to meet their emotional, behavioral, and learning needs.  They serve a diverse student population, including those students identified as emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and other health impaired. The program is designed to educate children and adolescents within a safe, supportive environment while preparing them for a successful return to their local public schools.  

Bill Millard

Principal, Pathways Academy

(475) 238-7932


To provide students with quality educational experiences which encourages growth to the highest potential, including socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. The Pathways Academy is designed to facilitate a student’s successful return to the mainstream environment by educating the student within a safe and supportive environment in close proximity to their home school.


Pathways provides a challenging and supportive environment that inspires students to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible, contributing members of a dynamic global society.


  • Small student/teacher ratio

  • Full-time and part-time social workers supported by Interns from Southern Connecticut State University, School of Social Work provide individual and group interventions to students to teach positive behaviors, promote social and emotional development, and ensure a school climate conducive to learning.

  • Team teaching approach in which students are divided into teams based on grade level for core academic instructions, with opportunities for electives in the areas of physical education and health, art, drama, social sciences, and vocational studies.

  • Long Wharf Theater conducts workshops on performing arts and includes students in the preparations for seasonal performances; students travel to the theater to the show live.

  • All Juniors and Seniors participate in a vocational component that involves representation by representatives from vocational schools designed to introduce students to a range of vocational fields, coupled with on-site visits to schools to experience classes first hand.

  • Seniors have the opportunity to take classes for credit at Porter and Chester Institute.


Pathways Academy offers a curriculum closely aligned with the Connecticut Core Standards to ensure that students meet rigorous course and/or graduation requirements. They utilize the Connecticut Technical High System’s curriculum for core classes.  


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The Children's Community Programs of Connecticut

446A Blake Street

Suite 100

New Haven, CT 06515


phone: (203) 786-6403

fax: (203) 786-6408