The IMPACT Diploma
Pathways High believes strongly that an additional year will provide the time and transition support needed by many students to bridge their entrance into postsecondary education and careers. IMPACT diploma students have the opportunity to design a fifth/IMPACT year. Various opportunities will be available for our IMPACT year students including, but not limited to, additional apprenticeships or internships, certification programs and up to 2 dual enrollment courses per a semester. During the IMPACT year students spend the majority of their time outside of Pathways High both working in an industry/career of interest as well as pursuing coursework required for careers in the industry of interest.
In the 4th year of study, students and advisors work collaboratively to design the optional IMPACT year as a supported launch to adulthood. Students identify how they plan to make an impact on the world, and with the aid of staff, create goals for growth and change, processes necessary to be successful, and how to reflect on experiences. Students will work with Pathways High to come up with a clear course of action for students to take ownership of their transition into adulthood and experiences after their Pathways High education. The IMPACT Year is intended to be highly personalized. Students are required to design a Capstone project for this year which includes a give back to the local, national or global community. Students will also showcase critical thinking skills, ability to identify, plan for and explore challenging problems, EMPOWER Skills outside of the school and connections to the community.
The Basic Diploma
A Basic diploma will prepare students for multiple postsecondary pathways including, but not limited to 2-year and 4-year college degree programs. Students pursuing the Basic diploma will be well equipped with the academic and EMPOWER skills necessary for success in college and beyond. Basic diploma students in good academic standing* will be able to pursue 1 dual enrollment course each semester during their senior year.
Credit Requirements for Graduation
4 Credits English Language Arts
1 Credit each of Literature, Non-Fiction Literature, Composition and .5 Credit each for Grammar and Communication
3 Credits Math
1 credit each of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II
3 Credits Science
1 credit each in Physical Science and Life Science
1 credit student selected including .5 credit courses of Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology, Advanced Physical Science, Ecology or 1 credit in Chemistry (taken at MATC High School)
3 Credits Humanities
1 credit US History, World History and .5 credit of Civics and Personal Finance
2 Credits Technology & Design
Student selected from Art History, Design, Community Interdisciplinary Arts, 2D Arts Foundations, 3D Art Foundations, Drawing & Painting, Advanced Portfolio Design
1 Credit PhyEd
Student selected from Lifetime Fitness, Recreation Sports, Fitness Conditioning, Physical Education
5 Credits Required Electives
1 credit each of Entrepreneurship, Global Citizenship, A Healthy You, an Internship/Apprenticeship and Innovation Project
5 Credits Student Selected Electives
Students can select from additional course options in each subject, Dual Enrollment* and additional Internship or Apprenticeship opportunities.
4 Credits IMPACT 5th Year