Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Charter School?

A Charter School is a publicly funded independent school established by teachers, parents, or community groups under the terms of a charter with a local or national authority. This means that we are able to operate independently in terms of vision, philosophy, and teaching methodology, and we are held to the same high standards as your local neighborhood school.

Is your school Accredited?

Pathways Academy is proud to be a fully WASC Accredited Educational Institution through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Since our organization is fully accredited, we can offer A-G approved courses that fulfill the requirements of the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

Are charter schools free?

Yes! We are a tuition-free public charter school. We are funded entirely through public tax dollars, and authorized through a collaborative school district. There is no cost to parents or students.

Who are your authorizers?

We are proud to be authorized by Bonsall Unified School District and operate through Community Collaborative Charter School. Pathways Academy Charter School Adult Education is authorized by Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District. For more information about our Governance, please visit our Board Governance Page.

Do charter school students have to take state assessments?

Because we are publicly funded, our students take the same annual state assessments as all students enrolled in California public school districts. We value student progress and learning, and therefore utilize these assessments as a tool to view progress rather than a means to instruct.

Can students with active IEP's enroll?

We are a tuition-free public Charter School, and understand our responsibility to serve all students, including those with exceptional needs. In fact, many of our individualized educational options are designed to have flexibility built-in, and are uniquely situated to provide innovative, high-quality educational services to students with unique learning needs.

How much does it cost to enroll at Pathways Academy Charter School?

We are a public charter program, and therefore do not charge tuition.

Can I homeschool more than one child at a time?

Homeschooling through multiple children can be very rewarding for the entire family! You can work with your Academic Advisor in order to set goals for each and every child you would like to homeschool.

Do you offer field trips for your students?

We offer a wide variety of field trips throughout the year in order enrich the homeschooling experience. Some of our official field trips include Sea World, Riley's Farm, San Diego Museums, Gems & Minerals Exhibits, Hikes, Historical Reenactments, and so much more!

What type of curriculum do you provide?

We provide personalized curriculum for all subject areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies/History, and Physical Education. We have access to dozens of curriculum vendors that we deal with personally, and will make sure that your curriculum will best match your child's learning style and goals

I'm not a certified teacher. Can I still homeschool my child?

Of course! You know your child better than anyone else, and we are sure you will make a wonderful teacher. Your family will be paired with a California credentialed teacher in order to introduce you to homeschooling, and guide you throughout the entire process.

How often are we required to come into the school?

You will meet with your family's Academic Advisor at least once every 20 school days (1 Learning Period). At these monthly meetings, we will collaboratively evaluate instruction, curriculum, assessment, and goals.

What about the new Common Core Standards? How does homeschooling fit into all of this?

The Common Core standards are not based upon specific curriculum, but more so centralized around higher level understanding and critical thinking. Our educational philosophy aligns directly with the four C's of Common Core that are currently being implemented: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication. Fore more information about the Common Core Standards, visit

Are there any classes my child can take at your school?

Yes! We offer a diverse selection of enrichment classes for K-8 students on-site that include core subjects such as science labs, math tutoring, and foreign language, as well as enrichment such as music, art, acting, and more. These classes are taught by both approved vendors and California Credentialed Teachers. They are optional for families, but are often a phenomenal addition to the schooling you do at home.

Do you offer any money to families to help pay for curriculum and outside vendor classes such as dance and piano lessons?

Of course! We offer each student $2500 per year of Instructional Funding for TK-8. This funding can be spent on curriculum materials through our approved material vendors, external classes such as music, dance and tutoring, YMCA & city-sponsored events, and more!

Our family travels quite a bit. Is it possible for us to homeschool even though sometimes we are gone for a week or so at a time?

This is most definitely an option with us! Your Academic Advisor will set personalized goals for your family, and select curriculum that will work for you on the road. Positive life experiences such as travel can be a meaningful tool to tie into homeschooling, and we can show you how.

Where is your Homeschool site located?

Our homeschool site is located in North County San Diego at the following address: 292 E. Barham Drive San Marcos, CA 92078.

Do you offer any money for High School students to take courses, buy curriculum, and get tutoring?

We offer each High School student $3000 per year of Instructional Funding. This funding can be spent on curriculum materials through our approved material vendors, external classes such as music, dance and tutoring (through our approved vendors), YMCA & city-sponsored events and more!

How does your program differ from other 'Independent Study' High School Programs?

Great question. Home schooling differs from independent study programs due to the high level of parent/guardian involvement. In order to participate in this program effectively, students should have resources available within the home that provide them the tools to be successful in learning.

Is your High School Program accredited?

Yes! For information about our current accreditation, please visit our Accreditation page.

Do you have online classes available?

Pathways Academy has personal relationships with many online platforms, including Edgenuity, Online G3, ALEKS Math, The Well Trained Mind Academy, Bravewriter, BYU Online, Time 4 Learning, Rosetta Stone, and so much more. Through these platforms, we offer a diverse range of courses for High School Students, including English, Math, Science, History, Foreign Language, and Electives.

We do not want to do online classes. Do you have textbook or other curriculum options?

Of course! Here at Pathways, we understand that online courses do not suit the needs of every child. Therefore, we have built in the option of textbooks and alternative curriculum. Our students can use a blend of online courses, textbooks, and direct instruction. Your Academic Advisor will help guide you through the process of picking curriculum that best suites the needs of your student.

Do you have tutoring available for subjects such as Algebra, Biology, Spanish, etc.?

Yes! Your Academic Advisor will help match curriculum and instruction options that will mesh with you and your student. We also offer on-site tutoring opportunities from credentialed teachers, as well as in-home tutors through our Approved Vendors. Our goal is to create independent, lifelong learners such that your role as a homeschool parent is one of guidance and support rather than curriculum instruction. Let us take care of the rest!

Do you offer Field Trips for High School students?

You bet! Many of our official field trips are oriented towards High School students that align with their courses, such as oceanography studies, earth science and paleontology, art studies, museum visits, and much more.

Do you have laptops available for students?

Yup! Laptops and other technology can be purchased on a needs basis through a student's instructional funds. We also have many in-house options for students to borrow. If a student requires specific technology and/or accommodations such as a laptop or WiFi for their schooling, these materials can be provided.

Can my child take classes at a Community College while enrolled with Pathways Academy?

Most definitely. In fact, this is something we highly encourage. Your student must take a minimum 20 credits with Pathways Academy in order to enroll into a Community College. Concurrent Enrollment also offers dual credit. For example, a 3 credit course at the Community College level equates to college credit as well as 10 credits towards Pathways High School Graduation Credits.

Do you offer on-site classes for high schoolers?

We do! We offer on-site enrichment classes for core and elective areas taught by highly qualified teachers once per week. These include science labs, foreign language instruction and labs, math tutoring, drawing, music study, and more.

Where is your Homeschool site located?

Our homeschool site is located in North County San Diego at the following address: 292 E. Barham Drive San Marcos, CA 92078.

What is Blended Learning?

Great question! Blended Learning is an educational method that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods of tutoring, personalized instruction, and small-group work. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. This means that students can work at their own pace rather than the pace of their peers.

How is Blended Learning different from Homeschooling?

Blended Learning requires a lessened amount of parent involvement than does homeschooling. Both Blended Learning and Homeschooling utilize a "blended" approach of online and on-site. If there is not a parent at home full-time, then Blended Learning is typically the best approach for a student.

What curriculum do you use?

At Pathways Academy Blended Learning, students in grades 6-12 primarily use the online platform Edgenuity. Edgenuity is an award-winning curriculum that is UC/CSU A-G approved. Teachers use supplemental materials such as textbooks, novels, videos, and in-class activities to enrich and personalize coursework.

How often are students required to meet with their teacher?

Students must attend on-site class at least one time per week, or as their Independent Learning Plan suggests.

Do you provide laptops for students?

Students that require laptops or technology resources for their schooling may acquire them through their instructional funds on a needs basis. We will make sure that your student has all of the resources they need to be successful.

Do you offer tutoring for students?

Yes! Students can come on-site as often as they want in order to receive personalized tutoring from California Credentialed Teachers in their courses. In addition, in-home tutors can be arranged on a needs basis through a student's instructional funding.

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