Pathways to Life School
Pathways to Life Specialty School is a transition-to-adulthood program for 18 to 21-year-olds with mild to severe disabilities. We give our students the tools and confidence to live a more independent adult life. It is located at 2801 S. Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls.
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed and followed for the student’s progress. We use the “Essential for Living” curriculum, which measures and tracks progress in communication, behavior, and functional skills for optimum learning. The school district of a qualifying student pays the tuition.
Four-Part Curriculum Highlights
- Pre-employment: Job exploration counseling, social skills, and self-advocacy
- Workforce readiness: Attitude, communication, problem-solving, and professionalism
- Community readiness: Accessing transportation, shopping, voting, and banking
- Domestic skills: Home care, meal planning/cooking, paying bills, and scheduling appointments
The Classroom of Life
Classes meet year-round, five days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This helps students acclimate to real-life, year-round work schedules. Students spend half their day in the classroom and the other half out in the community.
Designed for Learning Independence
The Pathways to Life location is designed to reinforce the sense of learning and moving into adulthood. It has a regular and accessible kitchen and laundry areas, indoor garden areas, and a simulated bedroom setting. They learn skills for work, volunteering, and life at home. For parents, we offer a Pathways Parent Handbook.
Students learn how to:
- Plan, shop for, and cook meals
- Use public transportation
- Assist with taking care of the building and the landscaping outside
Guidelines Set by Departments of Education & Labor
Pathways to Life meets Department of Education guidelines and regulations related to the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), Section 511. The goal is to provide skills for as much independence as possible within the home and community settings.
Pathways to Life Staff
Matt Fjerkenstad, BS, Ed. - Assistant Principal
Michelle Bohy, MA - Education Program Specialist
Amy Radke, MSW, CSW - Social Worker
Janae Sturma, MA - Pathways to Life Teacher
Katie Pudwill, MA - Pathways to Life Teacher
We Are Here to Help
Whatever your needs may be, we’re here to help you or your loved one be as independent as possible. Not sure where to start? Call us at 605-444-9550.Request More Information