New Pathways

New Pathways Program

Coordinator: Melissa Jackson, 331-228-5995
Munhall Elementary School, District 303
1400 S.13th Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174
Teacher: Ms. Melissa Mills, 331-228-2600
Teacher: Ms. Bethany Akers, 331-228-2900


Fabyan Elementary School 
0S350 Grengs Lane, Geneva, IL 60134
Teacher: Ms. Sarah McCafferty, 331-228-6182
Teacher: Ms. Tricia Klein, 331-228-3300
Teacher: Ms. Christine Phillips,331-228-6022


Anderson Elementary School, District 303
35W071 Villa Marie Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Giese 331-228-5740

Geneva Middle School South, District 304
1357 Viking Drive, Geneva, IL 60134
Teacher: Ms. Angelica Asencio, 331- 228-5921
Teacher: Ms. Samantha Hagedorn, 331-228-2796
Geneva High School, District 304, Grades 9-12
416 McKinley Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 463-3800
Teacher: Mr. Ryan Potter, (331) 228-2195 (voice mail)
Fox Ridge Elementary, District 303
1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Teacher: Ms. Paulette Ollie, 331-228-6018

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.