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Questions & Answers

When do we meet?

Pathfinders follows the Dowagiac union Schools calendar. Our daily schedule provides flexible hours for instruction.   Day and evening hours are available for services in Adult Education.  Alternative Education can be accessed anywhere there is WiFi/internet connection.

Where do we meet?

Pathfinders is located at 501 N. Paul Street, in Dowagiac,on the curve where Paul Street meets Prairie Ronde Street.

How does Alternative Education work? 

You learn using an online software curriculum called OdysseyWare. High school credit can be achieved through a full curriculum correlated to Michigan
state standards in grades 9-12 through OdysseyWare. All curriculum materials are correlated to state standards and are based on proven strategies to easily explain concepts, provide practical applications, and evaluate student performance.  Additional support from certified teachers is given to students in a traditional classroom setting, at least once per week, to introduce and review concepts and enhance critical thinking through projects and group discussion. Students are also assigned mentors for one-on-one assistance.
Click the link for the OdysseyWare course catalog

I am over 21 years old, but I want to earn my high school diploma. Is that possible?

Yes! We will need your transcript from your former school to help us determine what credits you must earn according to current Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) requirements.

How do I get an application and what do I do with it after it’s completed?

To begin your path to a Dowagiac Union Schools High School Diploma or to earning your GED, you will need to go through an orientation where a registration and interview process must take place.  Our orientation will give you the opportunity to meet staff members, walk you through the registration form and receive information about each program (Alternative and Adult Education).  

A one-on-one interview will be scheduled to give you the chance to ask additional questions, and to gain the information you need to help you establish your personal educational goal.  If, after orientation, you are interested in moving forward in obtaining your GED, make sure you have some time to take several pretests.

Orientation will be every Monday at 9 a.m.-10 a.m. except during holidays and when school is closed due to weather.

How long will it take to get my GED or high school diploma?

Students learn and retain knowledge at different rates.  Therefore, it is impossible to accurately know how long it will take.  Some students will be able to complete the GED or the high school diploma in a matter of a couple of months while for others, it may take a couple of years.

How much time will I have to put in?

The more regularly a student attends class, the better he or she will retain the information. The more regularly a student attends class, he or she will gain more assistance from our certified teacher. Therefore, the possibility of earning the GED or the high school diploma in a shorter amount of time increases. 

Can I study from home online? What is OdysseyWare?
High school credit can be achieved through a full curriculum correlated to Michigan state standards in grades 9-12 through an online curriculum called OdysseyWare.  Alternative Education can be accessed anywhere there is WiFi/internet connection.



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