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PATHWAYS
High School

Pathways High School

Pathways is an individualized approach to learning, where the curriculum is delivered using an online format (Edgenuity) and teachers facilitate the learning process. The mission of Pathways is for students to develop a path beyond high school; to remain motivated and to succeed in achieving a high school diploma.

Pathways is located in the back of Kenowa Hills Middle School. We have a separate wing that does not intersect with Middle School students at all. Students are provided breakfast and lunch free of charge on a daily basis, use KH transportation, and can participate in KH athletics/extracurricular activities.

This upcoming school year we will be using a tiered approach to attendance in the classroom. As students achieve progress in their classes and are on pace to graduate, they may earn more time to work independently as needed. The transition from a traditional school’s structured day to a more independent learning structure will impact students in different ways. The attendance policy in place for students is designed to ensure that the student can make this transition at their own pace with all the necessary support they may need.

One of the goals of the Pathways is to provide students with more flexibility in scheduling options while still maintaining a structured environment for maximum student support in their transition to additional independence. While enrolled in this program, students have an assigned number of hours and days, but they are able to choose for themselves which hours will satisfy the requirement within the scheduled hours of operation.

Pathways students are required 19 credits to graduate: 18 are the required Michigan Merit Curriculum, and 1 credit in employability skills. Pathways holds its own graduation ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of students. Students receive a Michigan high school diploma and can attend any and all post-secondary options.

Pathways Points of Pride

Graduation Rate of 86%: Higher than the state average of 80.5%

44 Students Graduated in 2018-19:
11 students graduated a Semester early; 5 students graduated a year early; 2 students came back as 5th year seniors. Recent Pathways Grads Have Continued to the Following Post-Secondary Options:

  • Aquinas College
  • Baker College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cornerstone University
  • Davenport University
  • Empire Beauty
  • Ferris State University
  • Feyen Zylstra-Apprenticeship
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • GRCC MTech
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kendall College of Art & Design
  • Northern Michigan University
  • United State Military
  • Universal Forest Products-Apprenticeship
  • Universal Technical Institute

State Mandated Testing: 96% participation

Internship/Job Shadow Experience: 13 Students participated 1st semester; 23 students second semester at the following locations:

  • Advent Physical Therapy
  • Blue Flame Thinking
  • KH Bus Garage
  • Centerline Engineering
  • Competition Engineering
  • Designing Dreams Floral
  • Megawall Corp
  • Schmitt’s Animal Hospital
  • Senior Neighbors
  • St. Anns
  • Taste Buds
  • Visions Hair Salon
  • Westwood Hills Animal Hospital
  • Zinser Elementary
  • Alpine KDL
  • Sobie Meats
  • GR Popcorn Co
  • Greenridge Walker/Plainfield
  • Head Start
  • KH ECC

College/Trade School Visits: GRCC, GRCC MTECH, Empire Beauty Salon, 10th & 11th Grade to KCTC, Baker College

Staff Professional Development Speakers

  • Capturing Kids Hearts
  • Career and Employability Conferences, Teachers in Industry
  • Performance Assessment Training
  • Personalized Learning Conference meetings and conference with ABC/ Workforce Development Alliance

Speakers

  • Universal Forest Product
  • Universal Tech Institute
  • Baker College
  • GRCC M-Tech
  • Military Recruitment Officers
  • Deputy Erhardt (KCSD)

Career Experiences

  • KH Career Fair, Professional Interview Day
  • Student Interviews with: Feyen Zylstra, DeWys Manufacturing, St. Ann’s, Junior Achievement, Walker Tool & Die, Buist Electric, Head Start and Signature Graphic
  • Detroit Pistons Careers in Sports day
  • Career Quest @ DeVos

Company Visits

  • Commercial Tool & Die
  • Applied Textiles
  • ArtiFlex Automatrix
  • Walker Tool & Die
  • Tooling Systems Group
  • Mary Free Bed
  • Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Ingall’s Photo Studio
  • Elzinga & Volkers
  • Senior Neighbors

Pathways Core Values
Create a Family Atmosphere | Model a Workplace Environment | Possess a Hard Working Attitude

Registration/Application

Pathways is a unique program and we ask that students begin by filling out an application.

New Students and students of partnering districts will be enrolled as KHPS students and will need to complete the online registration. Please pick an appointment date and time at the completion of the online registration.

To the appointment, please plan on bringing the following documents:
1. Original Birth Certificate
2. Current Immunization Records
3. Proof of Residency

If you need to speak with the registrar, please call (616) 784-2511.

More Info

For more information please contact Jared Herron, Kenowa Hills Pathways Principal, at jherron@khps.org or (616) 784-2400 ext. 7407.

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