New Pathways Program

Wasco  Elementary School, District 303
4N782 School St., Wasco, IL 60175
Teacher: Ms. Tiana Chalus, 331-228-5871

Teacher: Ms. Bethany Akers, 331-228-5963

Fabyan Elementary School, District 304 
0S350 Grengs Lane, Geneva, IL 60134
Teacher: Ms. Wren Roberts, 331-228-5981

Norton Creek  Elementary School, District 303
2033 Smith Rd., West Chicago, IL 60185
Teacher: Ms. Suzanne Bendikas  331-228-5784
John Stewart Elementary, District 302
817 Prairie Valley St. Elburn, IL 60174
Teacher: Ms. Sarah McCafferty, 331-228-6182
Teacher: Ms. Christine Phillips, 331-228-6022
Geneva Middle School South, District 304
1357 Viking Drive, Geneva, IL 60134  
Teacher: Ms. Angelica Asencio, 331-228-5921

Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Giese, 331-228-5740

Geneva High School, District 304
416 McKinley Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 463-3800  
Teacher: Ms. Hannah Chamberlain, 331-228-5877

New Pathways is an instructional program for students challenged with autism spectrum disorders and other pervasive developmental disabilities with similar characteristics. New Pathways classrooms offer a small, structured environment and are staffed on a two student to one adult ratio, which supports intensive instructional programming, social/behavioral skill development and genralization opportunities, both within the classroom and in the general education environment.

Program components of New Pathways:

  • Program emphasis on providing intensive educational experiences for students to learn and generalize communication, social, behavioral, academic and self-help skills across a variety of settings.
  • Instruction is provided primarily in individual/small group settings.
  • Program supports include social skills groups, language groups, sensory regulation activities, and adapted physical education.
  • Integration opportunities with typically developing peers are available as indicated on the IEP to meet each student’s individual needs. Opportunities range from social activities such as lunch, recesses, and assemblies/classroom celebrations to curricular classes such as specials, calendar/story times, centers and other hands-on classroom activities.
  • Community-based experiences and instruction occur throughout the school year.

Curriculum and Services

  • Research-based instructional techniques identified as best practices for students on the autism spectrum are employed, including structured teaching, discrete trial training, functional routines, visual systems and supports, assistive technology and social/communication skills instruction, embedded across the students’ day.
  • A variety of curricular materials are used for academic and functional skills instruction, and are individualized, based on students’ needs and developmental levels. Examples of currently used instructional tools include: STAR/LINKS Curriculum, Unique Learning Systems, Teachtown, Reading A to Z, Edmark, Touch Math, among others. When appropriate, students access standard curriculum, with accommodations/modifications, as needed.
  • Students participate in curriculum-based assessments to inform instruction and monitor progress.
  • Team-based programming is emphasized in goal development, instruction and service delivery.
  • New Pathways students receive related services necessary to support access to their educational program, as indicated by the IEP for each student.
  • Related services are integrated into classroom activities throughout the school day, across environments. Direct and/or consultative services are provided, as appropriate.