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New school provides students with non-traditional learning

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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

Susanne Hughes said a traditional classroom setting did not fit her son Joshua.

"In a traditional school setting, there seemed to be a pace that he was expected to keep up with, and in some subjects he could, other subjects he could not," said Hughes.

That's when Joshua enrolled at Pathways Christian School.

The school is designed to meet the needs of any learning ability in a unique way, whether it's a student with special learning needs, an excelled learner, or anyone in between.

"Right now, teachers' hands are tied in the public school system, and they're not able to teach the way they see the kids need to be taught," said Renee Unsworth.

Unsworth currently runs the school from her home but hopes to have a building soon.

The school opened in August. It's registered by the State of Louisiana, but it is considered a non-approved school.

"I am not a school where they've come in and looked at my curriculum, or they look at everything I'm doing and I prefer to stay that way," said Unsworth.

Unsworth said she can teach her students on their specific learning styles.

She said one student might be a grade below their level in math, but a grade above in Reading.

Unsworth also gives students individualized lesson plans.

Pathways currently has six students and two teachers. School organizers said as it grows, it will never exceed more than seven students to one teacher.

And while Joshua was once falling behind, Hughes said he's now ahead.    

"He was at a 4th grade math level. He's in 8th grade," said Hughes. "He's now not only surpassed that, but he's working on pre-algebra for the 9th grade level."

And this non-traditional environment is what Hughes said evolved her son.

"He's grown by leaps and bounds socially, as well as academically, and psychologically he's a different kid," said Hughes.

The school is not funded by the state, but students pay tuition like private schools.

Pathways is also faith-based. Students go through daily Bible studies.

The school also offers extracurricular activities for students.

For more information, contact Renee Unsworth at 337-515-1994 or email reneeunsworth@yahoo.com.

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