Pathways Academy

Basic Information

Address: 115 Mill St., Belmont, MA 02478 (mailing address) 11 Hillside Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 (physical address)
County: Middlesex
School District: n/a
Phone Number: 617-855-2703
Fax Number: 617-855-2833

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Additional Information

Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 22 years
Gender: all
Duration: 216-day program
School Size: Maximum 32 students
Classroom Size: Maximum 4 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1 (2:1 student to staff ratio)

Paid for by sending school districts

Financial Aid:


Support Services:

Social pragmatics, speech/language, occupational therapy, social work, access to ongoing milieu-based counseling, transition/life skills, and planning.

Accreditation Licenses: Approved by Massachusetts DESE
Professional Affiliations:

Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (MAAPS)

Area of Focus:

Serving students with autism spectrum disorders with and without co-occurring psychiatric challenges, complex learning profiles, and school resistance.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Pathways Academy serves students who struggle with meeting typical school expectations. Pathways Academy views all behavior as communication; staff work collaboratively with students to ensure success in our relaxed, therapeutic setting.

Notes/School Information:

Pathways Academy is a year-round, therapeutic day school developed to meet the social, sensory, psychological, and educational needs of children and adolescents ages 6 through 22 with autism spectrum disorders as well as other related disorders. Many of the students experience significant challenges with anxiety in the average school setting and struggle to meet typical school demands. Pathways addresses social pragmatic (social communication) difficulties, sensory challenges, and difficulty meeting typical school expectations. Students may also have co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses, including depression, social and academic anxiety, and other disorders. Pathways Academy is a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved private school.

Pathways Academy is best suited to students who are:

  • Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (although not required) and desire a school setting that meets their needs (including embedded social, emotional, and sensory supports)
  • Hope to enjoy attending school with peers who are working on similar challenges, especially if they have had previous negative school experiences
  • Seeking a gentle and individualized approach to education with social pragmatic, sensory, and therapeutic supports throughout the school day