Scottsdale Christian Academy understands that while most students may excel in their general education classrooms, some students are best served with additional academic opportunities. The Pathways program at SCA offers a variety of classes, intervention strategies, and teaching methods to meet the needs of all our students. We know God created each child with unique talents and abilities. We desire to create a culture where every student love to learn.
Honors Level Learning
Any student scoring in the 97th percentile in one category or in the 90th percentile across all three categories on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is placed in the Excel program. Excel students will focus on divergent learning activities. They will use hands on FOSS experiments to learn about energy, electricity, magnetism, gravity, matter, motion, force, and other scientific topics. They will complete challenges in teams competing against each other to fulfill certain requirements and solve given problems. They will discuss historical events and figures and have calm and respectful debates. They will learn Greek and Latin roots and how to analyze new words for meaning.
Middle School Soar offers students who demonstrate previous high achievement in specific areas of strength the opportunity to experience the extended program of studies at greater levels of depth and complexity. The MS Soar elective will be enrichment in nature. It will also offer students an opportunity to develop relationships and collaborate with other high achieving students across the grades.
Advanced Placement, Honors & Dual Enrollment
The high school offers students opportunities to challenge themselves through Advancement Placement (AP) courses, Honors level courses or Dual Enrollment courses taught in partnership with our higher education partners.
Creating Pathways of Learning
The Pathways mission is to strive to empower all students to achieve their unique God given strengths and talents by creating a program of advocacy, specialized instruction, and intervention specific to the needs of each child.
Students identified with specific math needs receive specialized instruction and remediation. This ranges from classroom accommodations to pullout instruction. Our instruction model includes research-based programs that utilize multisensory approaches. An individual Accommodative Educational Plan is also created and implemented for each Pathways student to ensure an optimal learning experience in the Pathways classes as well as the general education classroom.
Language Arts (K-5)
In Pathways Language Arts, students identified with specific needs in language arts receive specialized instruction and remediation. This ranges from classroom accommodations to pullout instruction. Our instruction model includes research-based programs that utilize multisensory approaches. An individual Accommodative Educational Plan is also created and implemented for each Pathways student to ensure an optimal learning experience in the Pathways classes as well as the general education classroom.
The Pathways teachers will provide two tiers of support for students in the Pathways program:
Tier I: The students in Tier I will have a Pathways Content class as an elective. The Pathways teachers will provide individualized assistance with educational planning, goal setting, time management, organization, and learning strategies. They will also receive an individualized Accommodative Educational Plan that will be implemented in the student’s general education classrooms for further assistance.
Tier II: The students in Tier II will NOT have a Pathways Content class in their schedule. They will have an Accommodative Educational Plan that will offer accommodations in their general education classrooms. They will also have a Pathways case manager for weekly check-ins. The case managers will ensure all accommodations are in place and needs are being met throughout the school year.
Meet the Team
Director of Exceptional Student Services
SOAR & Pathways
Services offered to homeschool students are contingent upon the priority service to full-time SCA students. SCA has the ability to partner with homeschool families in some cases, with an opportunity to be a part of our community and participate in certain extracurricular activities. All admissions requirements still apply. To see the policy on participation, please see the document below. If you have any interest, please contact our admissions department for further information.