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173 Avondale Dr
Dayton, OH 45404

(937) 235-5498
(937) 235-5569
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May 29, 2014
The teachers are fantastic, however, the principal and a couple of the deans clearly need to be more involved with the children and parents. I know for a fact that myself and several other parents have had very serious concerns about issues and neither the dean or principal would return calls or take the time to meet with us. For these reasons I would not recommend Pathway. However, the teachers are some of the best I have ever encountered. I taught high school for 12 years and these teachers are by far the most compassionate and caring I think I have ever met.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
This school has a lot to offer younger students. My children have been students at Pathway since Kindergarten with my oldest now just starting middle school. The middle school leaves a lot to be desired. There is a lot of teacher turnover and inconsistencies regarding expectations and consequences. Even worse, my oldest does not feel safe at school. This is not acceptable at all. I'm reluctant to mention specific issues that lead to this. I am giving the school 3 stars, but if I could I would give Kinder-grade five 5 stars and the middle school only 2. There are good things going on and the principal cares for the kids but it is obvious that the bad kids rule the school, sadly.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
All of my children attended this school and I can not rave enough. My oldest is now 22 working a full time job. He never attended college rather chose a MVCTC as did his father. All of my children passed the OGT my middle child and youngest passed the test the first time my oldest struggled with the math. My middle child attended middle school till 8th recently graduated DRSS with a full ride to WSU. My youngest is still in high school and also attending MVCTC however this is a college track career and is an honor student that is excluding one grade all A's. Your child's education is 75% what you put into them but if you can not homeschool them successfully then this is the place for them. The whole school system cares and encourages the parents to be very involved which I loved. The teachers assisted my youngest with Dyslexia I never once fought over IEP or IDEA they wanted him to succeed. My middle child is also Asperger syndrome same experience they helped my children become successful individuals. The final thought is my children loved this school and have to this day very fond memories.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
Pathway is an awesome school and my daughter loves it! The teachers keep the parents involved so if a subject needs worked on, we are not blindsided with it by receiving the report card. The school is constantly having activities to keep the students involved as well as the parents - fun things like Mom's and Dad's day, grandparents day, student/teacher games, things like that. It creates a sense of community within the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
Great school. Best choice in the area. The only school we will send our kids too.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
My school is: wonderful, amazing, and awesome! The entire staff really care about every child. They bring out the best in my child! Every staff member works hard to make sure every student does their best. I am glad I found this school, and my child loves being there. I only wish that they went up to the 12th grade!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2011
My daughters are in their first year at Pathway, having just transferred in from a local public school district. For the first time they are working hard on their homework and classwork. Schoolwork has always been too easy for them in the past, and now they are challenged. They come home happy and say great things about their teachers. Even more, they feel like they are contributing to their community. Just yesterday, the entire school participated in a walk for youth diabetes. We wish we'd gotten our girls into this school sooner.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
I completely adore this school! My daughter just started this year. Kindergarten and she loves it. I love her teacher and the whole school system. I am sending my other daughter there in a few years and am excited. My oldest has learned addition, subtraction, and she can read a lot of books. I am very impressed and am so glad that school has teachers like hers. VERY HAPPY!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
If I can reach 1 parent who listen, then this review will be worth it! Sadly this school yr has proved to be the WORST so far. Academic help is a minimum, and they use students for tutoring instead of licensed teachers. In addition, my daughter has been the subject of severe bullying, without help to prevent the issue! The teachers dont care about providing a safe environment for kids to learn. Its not a good school and am shocked to find this out from other parents who have withdrawn their own children for similiar situations. DO NOT PUT YOUR KIDS IN THIS SCHOOL, a parent shouldn't have to worry about their kids when they go to school, not come home crying b/c they've been physically attacked by other students. Pathway needs to uphold the same moral code they hold their students to signing at the beginning of the year! Pathway School of Discovery clearly shows no remorse or care to follow their own policy!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
I am very impressed with Pathways, I have two granddaughters who attend and the academics are way above the Dayton Public Schools. I just attended grandparents day and was so amazed at how well all the students were when they were all assembled in the gym. To calm the students all the principle had to do was count down to 5 (silence). The principle is wonderful with the students and very involved, even directing traffic after the event. The teachers seem so motivated and truly interested in the children. I Love Pathways....a life saver for my granddaughters....

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no rating May 20, 2010
My Grandson has gone hear since first grade,now in sixth, Getting a very good start.Whole family is very happy with the whole system.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
I absolutely disagree with the parent that said that Pathway is only beneficial for a 'cookie cutter' child!!! I know for a fact that the teachers at this school work tirelessly to cater to ALL children at all ability levels. My daughter has grown tremendously in the two and a half years she's been there. She started Kindergarten in the 3rd percentile in Reading and ended it in the 99th percentile!! She's now in second grade and reading at almost a fourth grade level. Any parent that can't see how much Pathway teachers and principal care for the students is blind!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 26, 2009
This school would only be beneficial for a cookie cutter child. The principal and teachers have no interest, knowledge, care, support or concern for children that do not fit the typical child mold. If a child is gifted, learning disabled, or anything out of what they consider to be typical they do not have the skill or ability to provide the necessary learning environment that is conducive to a successfull educational career for the child. Parents of special needs, gifted, or learning disabled children should run and run fast from this school without looking back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Pathway School of Discovery is a School of Excellence! They have the best teachers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
I have love our experince at Pathways. I have a daughter who is Kindergarten. She loves it and so do we. They have a great curriculum along with great specials ( music, gym, art and library). She even know music notes.

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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
I too would agree with the parent that stated our principal is Exceptional. He is consistent, helpful, easy to speak with and most of all concerned with our children's education and safety. Anyone who would say different is WRONG! This school is concerned with our children's education, safety and future. I could not ask for more than what is being given, except that NHA would offer a High School. I have recommended Pathway to several friends and will continue to do so. This is an exceptional school with an extraordinary administration! Go Pathway!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
My husband and I are thrilled that we found Pathway. Our daughter is excelling and thriving as a result of being at Pathway. The balance of academics and sound moral values has added to the way in which we are raising our daughter. At the beginning of the school year academically our daughter was ready, but her growth has exceeded my expectations. As for the staff and administration, I can not say enough about their professionalism and willingness to assist me with any problems that arise. The principal is EXCEPTIONAL! He will go above and beyond to meet the needs of the children and the parents. He is flexible and will always take time out of his busy schedule to talk to a parent. Mr. Kincaid is very approachable and a terrific principal. This is a GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
We've always liked Pathway for our child. He is on the Honor Roll and I've always felt safe sending our son there. However, they are really unorganized as far as school events, drop off and pick up of students. Kids are just running wild at events. Teachers will stop some parents and let others blatenly break the rules about drop offs and pick ups it's very inconsistant. The Leader, the Principle is always unprofessional. He has went as far as calling parents at their jobs and screaming at them about situations before he even gets the full story. I don't know how they select them but they obviously do not have high standards. They have been through three of four in the past four years. We will probally have to pull our student from this school because he has made this situation so uncomforable by acting so unprofesional.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
My daughter is in kindergarten here at pathway and I couldn't be happier with her progress. She is reading and writing exceptionally well and is very upbeat and excited about her teacher and the activities that they are doing. We are a military family and my only regret is that we won't be able to be here for more than 2 more years - this is a great school! :o)

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
i'm very disapointed with pathways school of discovery way of dealing with personal problems and felt that the principal and ateacher could be more professional about perdicaments.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I am very happy with Pathway. My oldest is in the sixth grade, and I have a child who will start kindergarten in the fall, and another one two years after that. The principal is wonderful, and takes the safety and well being of all the students very seriously. The communication from my son's teachers is outstanding! If they are concerned about anything with him, they contact me right away. The only thing that I'm less than thrilled with is the parent organization, the Boosters. While they do plan wonderful events for the kids and staff, it has become kind of a closed organization, and the monthly meetings are not well-publicized so most parents don't even know about them. Perhaps that will change next school year when the current leadership changes. Overall, though, we're very happy with Pathway and are so glad we found it!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
I have one phrase for this school: broken promises. I first signed my kids up because of the smaller class sizes and open parent communication. It took 2 years on the waiting list lottery before my kids got in. In the meantime, I did not know how much things had changed. What this equals to students is just another well equipped building that is overcroweded and teachers who have too many students to show they care or really get to know their students. We are changing schools next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
My daughter is in Kindergarten and I think the uniforms, and structure is great!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
We have been involved for 3 years with Pathway and love it! The academics are so much better than the school we came from. The new administration has been listening to the needs of the families and begun to address them. We have since added extracurricular activities, including Choir, sports, and Pathway University which provides opportunities for the advanced study of 5-6 topics per quarter. The PTO is struggling for membership, but continues to provide excellent wellness-based programs to support the academic and moral foundations of the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2006
While this is our first year with Pathway, my daughter, husband and I are very happy with our choice. The curriculum is outstanding! Only 4 months into the school year and our kindergarten daughter is reading, and spelling extremely well. She is also doing many new things in regards to math including: counting over 300, reading a clock, identifying and creating patterns, reading and creating graphs, counting coins and understanding the value of money, and much more. In regards to science, my child has become very familiar with the seasons and why they change, the planets, the weather and many other things. In addition to the core subjects, Pathway has taught my daughter the meanings of, and how to demonstrate, respect, responsibility, gratitude, and perseverance. The staff and PTO of Pathway have made my family and I feel welcome since the day we toured the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
There is a new principle at the school and the change has been wonderful. He is everywhere! I wish I could say the same for the Asst principle - I find he totally unhelpful. But on a good note, the teachers are wonderful. I like that they do the pillars of success where they teach lessons on respect, responsiblity, gratitude etc. The down side of the school is the lack of extracurricular activities. they did start having a limited amount of sports. I'm also not to crazy how the PTO is run. Its seems to be a big secret who does what and how.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2006
I am a parent in a military family and as such find it hard to find a good school when we move around a lot. Pathway is fantastic! Everyone is friendly, courteous, and professional. My child absolutely loves it! He's already reading in Kindergarten!

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September 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
My child has been attending this school since it opened 3 years ago. Although most of the staff are excellent I would have to say that the principle and v.p. leave something to be desired. Unfortunatly the longer the school is open the less great it becomes. The corp. that runs the school could be doing a better job. Overall this is better than most area schools.

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April 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
The academics of this school act as it's shinning star. The needs of the children are assessed and then their education begins at their level and stretches them. There is music and art that act as good compliments to the learning process. In the way of sports there isn't any extracurricular, but they do provide PE and recess. The parent involvement is up to you. There is a greater need for parent involvement. The staff and the school welcome parents in any way they are willing to help.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2006
The school is safe and clean. I have 2 children in 4th and 1 in kdg. My older ones do not like school. They have lost their motivation.My children feel the teachers are negative and overly critical when children do not master subjects fast enough. The school has strict discipline as they are trying to make the kids moral individuals they must always raise their hands even to borrow a pencil from a classmate sitting beside them and the children get away with nothing. The school is orderly in every way which is good but can stifle individuality and creativity in some respects. Parents are encouraged to get involved and are always welcome.Overall its a good school.They are trying to do a good job.

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October 08, 2005
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Pathway School offers a back-to-basics curriculum that stresses mastery of reading and math. Science and social studies, fine arts, and physical education complete the curriculum. Our performance index score is an impressive 83.9.

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Pathway School of Discovery
173 Avondale Dr, Dayton, OH  45404
(937) 235-5498
Last modified Pathway School of Discovery is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pathway School of Discovery Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top