Pathways to Independence

A college preparatory and independence development program for youth who are challenged by social and executive function issues.

June 30 – July 26, 2014 /strong>

Hill Top Preparatory School is an industry leader in preparing students in grades five through twelve with diagnosed learning differences for higher education and successful futures.    As an extension of that philosophy and mission, Hill Top Prep offers a summer program for upper school students who can benefit from a community that encourages independence through social skill development, life skills development and executive function skill development.

Why choose Pathways to Independence (Pathways) for your student?Pathways 106
Pathways offer your student an extraordinary experience not merely a summer program. A keystone of the program is to provide the students with an opportunity to practice being independent while receiving support and feedback. Utilizing hands-on direct experiences, classroom instruction, mentoring, counseling groups and other proven techniques for success, your teen will be encouraged to honor their social differences while learning skills to assist them in modifying behaviors that may present difficulty for them in interpersonal situations and in society. This program is designed as one of the building blocks in preparing your teen for life after high school, whether that is college or technical school experience or employment. Students who have completed the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades and college freshmen will be considered for Pathways.

Experiencing Success
One of the strategies utilized by Pathways to support teens in having a successful experience it to integrate counseling and mentoring into the program day. Age appropriate social skills and daily living skills are modeled throughout the day Pathways 066and integrated into all activity curriculums. Many students function significantly better when their schedules and routines are very clear and expectations for them are well understood.
Another strategy is for the students to gain a sense of mastery by allowing them to participate in structuring their week. On Friday, each student will develop a personal and curricular goal for the following week. During the week, daily mentor sessions will be held in the morning to monitor progress on the curricular goal. Afternoon counseling sessions will be used to support students in achieving their personal goals, utilizing self-assessment and feedback from group members.

July 1-26, 2014

At Hill Top Prep – July 1-5 (closed July 4), July 8-12, July 22-26                                               At Eastern University – July 14-July 20