Your child is our focus.

For students in grades 6 -12 who need more than the traditional school setting can offer.

Services to Students

Panthers Programs

There are many ways in which we work to make a difference for a child or youth of Connecticut.

diagram of similarities between academics, transition services, and additional emotional support


  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Instruction aligned with CT’s Core Standards
  • Full IEP implementation
  • Student recognition programs
  • Monthly student meetings to discuss student progress and facilitate success

Social & Emotional Support

  • Full-time social worker & regular home visits and calls
  • School-based health clinic
  • Education to promote healthy behavior and relationships
  • Use of positive behavior management techniques

Transition Services

  • Vocational assessment, training, counseling, job/volunteer placements
  • Individualized case management and job support
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Pathways Parent

"My daughter does
better at Pathways because
the staff take time to communicate with her; as a result, she is better able to focus on her schoolwork."

Our Connections

Linking students and families to supports

Pathways Academy is a program of the Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut (CCP) with six different support programs for youth and families. Unlike other special education schools, we are in a unique position as a non-profit agency to offer families and school districts “wrap around” services for all students.

CCP programs include, youth mentoring, educational supports for court-involved students, a Kinship Support Center, parent education and a parent home visiting program, and therapeutic foster care. Because our programs are co-located, students and families get connected quickly and expand their network of support people.

Our Staff

The panther team

Below are the dedicated staff members and executive team that run the Pathways Academy.

Stephen Mikolike

Principal, Pathways Academy

(203) 745-4505

Support for students and their families

Core values and Vision

Academically, we strive for low student-teacher ratios and differentiated instruction that aligns with Connecticut’s Core Standards with full IEP implementation. Student recognition programs and monthly student meetings to discuss student progress facilitate success.

Social and emotional support can be achieved with visits from a full-time social worker or calls to the student’s family. The social worker can also connect students to other CCP programs as well as applicable resources outside of CCP. Our school-based behavioral health clinic works in conjunction with educators to promote healthy behavior and relationships. Use of positive behavior management techniques also vastly improves student emotional support.

All students have access to transition services like vocational assessment, training, counseling, and job/volunteer placements complemented by individualized case management and job support.

School-Based Health Services

The School-Based Health Center is offered here for the benefit of the students.

Please note: The School-Based Health Center works in conjunction with the care provided by your child’s pediatrician and is not intended to replace regular care by your child’s primary health-care provider.

Available Services:

  • Behavioral health services.
  • All children enrolled in the school based health care program are eligible to receive services regardless of insurance status. For behavioral health services, CHC accepts most insurance plans and there are NO out of pocket expenses. If you have no insurance, please ask SBHC staff about HUSKY insurance.
  • To begin receiving services, please go to to sign up quickly and easily online!
  • Please note all parts of the registration/enrollment form must be completed, signed and returned to the Health Center or the School Main Office before your child can receive services.
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Employment & Internships

Pathways Academy and CCP offer undergraduate and graduate internships year-round. We welcome students from a variety of academic programs including education, social work, psychology and criminal justice. We provide a comprehensive academic and experiential learning environment with staff experienced in supervising interns. Our partners include Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, Sacred Heart University, Albertus Magnus, Simmons and Fordham. Interested in an internship? Contact Pathways Principal Stephen Mikolike (

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