A T H W A Y S
Seasons of Education
Boys Ages 16 & Up
In the long run, the success and accomplishment gained
from a wilderness program is not measured by how
well the student performs in the desert or the woods.
Ultimate success is always based on the students'
ability to sustain redirection in the months following
Students emerging from a life-changing wilderness
experience often need a follow up placement that
falls somewhere between returning home and enrolling
in a large emotional growth program.
For over eight years, Rich and Wendy Simpson have
provided a safe, economical, and challenging transition
for students coming out of wilderness.
our goal is to help each student discover their potential,
and create a life with purpose and value. We believe
that a balanced and healthy lifestyle will help nurture
the development of the students best qualities. While
finishing high school, we help students to discover
new interests and possibilities within themselves
through new experiences.
under the premise that smaller is better. Working
with no more than six students at a time, Rich and
Wendy Simpson are able to provide a safe and personalized
living and learning environment.
a structured, but relaxed environment, for boys, ages
16 and older, giving students more one on one time to
help them rebuild the healthy skills and attitudes necessary
to succeed when they return to their families.
individualized long term as well as interim care for
students who need to complete their high school education
and create a new life with purpose and value.
a sanctuary from the negative aspects of peer culture
while providing our students with new and exciting activities
to engage their hearts and minds. Through education,
self discovery, recreation, community service, outdoor
adventure, and the arts, we strive to guide our students
into a balanced, rewarding, and healthy life.
our music studio is the center for learning, self-expression,
and fun. Original songs, musical poems, humorous
skits, radio commercials, and academic recorded
projects are always in the process of being created.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate
in the many ways we work and play at music.
such as Integrated Curriculum, Experiential Learning,
and Project Based Learning come alive in the music
room at PATHWAYS. What students
learn goes far beyond the scope of their immediate
projects; negotiating with each other to edit and
shape their work takes patience, diplomacy, listening
and communication skills. In writing and recording
their projects, students have to keep a listening
audience in mind, organizing their material in
a way that is concise, logical, and entertaining.
at PATHWAYS offers eight track
digital recording with numerous
editing capabilities, a twenty-four track keyboard/synthesizer,
a full drum set, bass guitar, and acoustic and
electric guitars. Rich Simpson is a gifted arranger
and producer who has the ability to engage students
in a wide array of musical projects.
Rich & Wendy
been working with at-risk teenagers in their
home for more than eight years. They have been
married for eighteen years and have two children
of their own, ages 14 and 17. Both of them
have worked as teachers for CEDU schools
before starting PATHWAYS.
a published writer and former English teacher.
She reviews student transcripts and coordinates
all of the academics, as well as community service
projects for students at PATHWAYS.
Rich has worked
with both students and parents in several therapeutic
schools and programs. Rich leads all of PATHWAYS outdoor
activities, and is a former ski instructor. He
leads student group sessions and is the primary
liason to parents. Rich works with students to
write and produce original music CD productions
in his recording studio.
words are not enough to express our gratitude
for all you have given us and our son. We are forever
in your debt for the wonderful work you have done with
our son. Thanks for giving yourselves so completely."
~ parents from North Carolina
you so much for helping me through everything.
I'll never forget you two."
~ a former student
Rich & Wendy Simpson
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
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