Pathways Academy is an accredited Free Standing Special Education School. As such, Pathways provides an individualized education plan for students in grades 6 -12 who need more than the traditional school setting can offer.  Our teachers are better able to meet the educational, emotional, and social needs of the student through a smaller teacher-student ratio, and work in concert with the support staff and social workers.  




Pathways Academy has a Transition Services Program. This program offers career counseling, vocational training, job placement, and vocational assessment for juniors and seniors, as well as students returning for a “fifth year.” Our director works with local businesses, vocational training schools, and the student’s home school to develop an individual program that best suits the student’s vocational goals and objectives. 




Pathways Academy is a program of the Children's Community Programs of Connecticut. Unlike other special education schools, we are in a unique position as a non-profit agency to offer “wrap around” services for all students. Our teachers have direct involvement with all programs offered at Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut, including therapeutic foster care, mentoring, vocational training, educational legal advocacy for court-involved students, supports for kinship caregivers and family check-up parent home visiting program. This opportunity facilitates greater communication and collaboration between services, increasing the chances for a positive outcome for all our students.  


Brian Lynch

Chief Executive Officer

(203) 786-6403 ext. 111

Randi Cavallaro

Chief Financial Officer

(203) 786-6403 ext. 137

David Abrams

Chief Operating Officer

(203) 786-6403 ext. 123

Gretchen Test, MSW

Director of New Program Development

(203) 746-6403 ext 155

Bill Millard


(203) 745-4505

Jeanette Sykes

Director, Youth Transition Services

(475) 238-7932


Pathways Academy

35 Bishop Street

East Haven, CT 06512


phone: (203) 745-4505

fax: (475) 227-0761  




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