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Frequently Asked
Questions

1. How does my student apply to PATH and when will they be notified regarding qualification?

2. What are the ACT requirements for PATH?

3. What is the cost of PATH?

4. What if my student does not qualify?

5. What days of the week will PATH be offered?

6. Is there tranportation for PATH?

7. How do credits transfer to my school district?

8. At what age may my student start PATH?

9. Is my student able to get their work online?

10. Is my student able to do extra-curricular activities after school?

11. What happens if my student is misses a week of class?

12. How available are the teachers, how may I contact them?

13. Are parents welcome in the classroom?

14. What happens if my school district is closed, is there still PATH?

15. How do I get to the PATH office?

 

How does my student apply to PATH and when will they be notified regarding qualification?
To start, please fill out a PATH application form and submit it to the PATH office via mail or email. Most PATH applicants are then encouraged to register for the ACT on the February test date. This allows ample time for scores to be sent and processed through the schools and the PATH office. Qualifying students will be contacted by Lisa Frissora within six weeks of recieving their test scores. Please note that families will recieve ACT scores before the PATH office does.

What days of the week are PATH?
PATH classes are currently on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:30. Class times and dates can vary each school year. Classes can also conflict if a student were potentially enrolled in two PATH classes. Further information is available when the student enrolls.

How is transportation figured out for PATH?
Each district determines the method they use for transportation. Families of private schools or are homeschooled provide their own transporation.

How do credits transfer to my school district?
Each district uses their general policies for acceleration in regards to providing credit. Please contact your local school district for details regarding their policies.

At what age may my student start PATH?
Generally students take the ACT in 6th grade and start PATH in 7th grade. For Pre-Algebra, students may enter our program in 5th grade. There have been a few students that have taken the ACT in elementary school and qualified for PATH at a younger age than our traditional students.

What are the ACT requirements for PATH?
Biology=Science score of 21 with a 20 Compositive or Reading Comprehension score
Comp. and Lit. I= 20 in Reading and Language
Pre-Algebra= Completion of 6th grade math/mastery of course content
Algebra I- 19 in Math and encouraged Composite of 20 or Reading Comprehension score
Geometry=21 in Math and encouraged Composite of 20 or Reading Comprehension score

What is the cost of PATH?
On average each class sesion is about $27. Many factors go into this figure and the cost can vary from year to year. For more information please contact the PATH office.

Is my student able to get their work online?
Moodle is used in some of our classes for our students to obtain their coursework. Other classes may use a blog to provide information/links to their work.

Is my student able to do extra-curricular activities after school?
Students are encouraged to continue to do extra-curricular activities. Upon qualifying, policies are explained to help students balance and communicate with their instuctors, coaches, etc. while attending PATH.

What happens if my student is unable to attend class due to illness or school conflict?
Students are provided with information on how to contact the PATH office or instructor if a student will be missing class. Students are encouraged to be able to to make arrangements to turn in work and get their assignments prior to their return so that they are able to ready for their next class.

How available are the instructors, how may I contact them?
Instructors have email and phone information provided to families. Our instructors are made available to our students/parents as much as possible due to the fact that they meet only once a week.

Are parents welcome in the classroom?
Parents are always welcome at PATH. We just ask for them to contact the instructor prior so that we can provide them with any materials that might be needed for class that day.

What happens if my school district is closed, is there still PATH?
If either Hope College, West Ottawa or Holland Public or any combination there of close, PATH is closed for the day. Students are responsible for checking with their local sources regarding those districts to see if PATH is closed. PATH is not announced on the local sources. Instructors then contact students later that day on what their assignments will be for the next week.

How do I get to the PATH office?
The PATH office is located on 10th street between College and Central. It is a smoked glass building. To enter and exit the building, please use the main stairs that are facing 10th street. To get to the PATH office go straight ahead through the double doors. Proceed up the stairs and turn right. The office will be located on your left in room 245. For further direction within the building please consult the virtual map on the Hope College website at http://www.hope.edu/tour/. By clicking on the Printable Map or the Interactive Campus Map, it will provide any information needed regarding our location.

What if my student does not qualify?
Please note that if a student does not make the cut score we will take other factors into consideration. Please contact the PATH office prior to retaking any additional ACT test.