Pathways: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What happens if I join Pathways to Education?
A: Once you register with Pathways, you will have access to a number of different supports to help you succeed in high school. There are also some expectations you need to meet to stay in Pathways.
SPSW – You will be assigned a Student Parent Support Worker (SPSW) who will meet with you at least once every 2 weeks to check in with you about school and to work with you to solve any problems that you might be facing.
Financial Support – At your meetings with your SPSW, you will receive bus tickets or lunch vouchers depending on your attendance at school and in our program. When you graduate, you may also be eligible for a Pathways scholarship to help with college or university expenses.
Tutoring Program – We offer tutoring four nights a week in several different community locations. Volunteer tutors can help you complete your homework and assignments, study for upcoming tests, or coach you in time management and organizational skills. You will be expected to attend tutoring at least twice a week for a total of 3 hours per week. If you achieve over 70% in all your core subjects after mid-terms, you can earn an exemption from tutoring (although most students prefer to keep coming!)
Mentoring Program – In Grades 9 and 10 you will be expected to complete 30 hours of Group Mentoring which is offered weekly. Group Mentoring lets you try new activities, meet new people and explore your talents and interests. In Grades 11 and 12 you will need to complete 20 hours of Specialty Mentoring which could be volunteer work, paid work, a co-op placement or another extra-curricular activity you participate in through school or in your community. We also offer Career Mentoring support to help you explore and pursue post-secondary opportunities after graduation from high school.
Q: I’m really busy with work, school and other stuff – do I really have to go to all these things?
A: You can talk about your schedule with your SPSW to see how Pathways to Education can work for you. If you are in Grades 10-12, some things you are doing may be able to count towards your mentoring hours. If you achieve over 70% in all your core subjects after mid-terms, you can earn an exemption from tutoring.
Q: Do I have to go to tutoring even if I don’t have any homework?
A: Yes. At tutoring you can work ahead on assignments, prepare for upcoming tests and learn more about organization and time management skills. Our tutoring program has many resources available for students including text books, hands-on learning materials, computers and printers.
Q: If I move out of my neighbourhood, can I still stay in Pathways?
A: Yes, as long as you were living in an eligible neighbourhood at the time you registered and as long as you are still able to meet program expectations. This means that you still need to attend tutoring and mentoring.
Q: Where is Pathways?
A: Our main office is located at 1365 Richmond Road in the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, on the first floor.
We offer tutoring at the following locations:
- Pathways office – 1365 Richmond Road
- Foster Farm Community Centre – 1065 Ramsey Crescent
We offer Group Mentoring at the following locations:
- Woodroffe High School – 2410 Georgina Drive
- Pinecrest Public School – 1281 Pinecrest Road
Q: Can I join Pathways if I missed registration in Grade 9?
A: Yes, you can join in any grade. Registration happens twice a year – before October 15 for 1st semester and before January 30 for 2nd semester.