PATHWAYS – Natrona County School District’s official title given to the efforts regarding the design, implementation and deployment of academy learning in Natrona County.  PATHWAYS is a Board of Trustees initiative.


Pathway – A pathway is a coherent sequence of academic and career/technical courses beginning in the 9th grade. All state standards, graduation and Hathaway requirements will be met upon graduation with certifications, senior projects, and completed portfolios of work. Graduating students are prepared with necessary work skills and opportunities to pursue further education and/or certifications and licensures. (


Pathways Innovation Center – is a 21st century learning facility located off of Wyoming Blvd. at 3000 Independence Ct., next to CY Middle School campus.  Beginning in the fall of 2016 students in the district can take advantage of the pathways program.  This building has been designed to encourage collaboration, communication and presentation from everyone–students, teachers, and community.  Students will design, create, and present with industry standard equipment and community partners.


21st Century Skills – Skills necessary for success in the 21st century, which are vastly different from previously needed skills. As our students transition from an information age to a conceptual age, they must possess critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, creativity, and teamwork skills to compete in today’s workforce. These skills are collectively represented in the Natrona County School District #1’s Graduate Profile.


Academy – Academies are Natrona County School District’s (NCSD) high school approach to improve graduates’ success in post high school experiences. In our district the academy initiative is named PATHWAYS, where academies are comprised of small learning communities, joined with community partners, taught by a team of teachers from different disciplines, career— themed to include college—preparatory curriculum, and driven by community interests/needs.


Academy Learning – Academies provide opportunities for our students, teachers, parents, community, industry and higher education by providing real-world learning experiences and linking learning outcomes from all classes. Outcomes will include college and career preparation with a focus on internships, certificate attainment, and related experiences.  Academy learning meets the descriptors of the graduate profile as defined by NCSD.


ACME – The Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing, and Engineering Academy.  Students will be engaged in designing and building through robotics, construction, architecture, CAD, cabinetmaking, auto, welding fabrication and/or engineering.  Certification opportunities in AWS Welding Certification, ASE Auto Student Certification, and OSHA 10-Hour Authorization.


BANR – The Business, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Academy.  Students will explore everything to do with business through restaurant management, culinary arts, wildlife management, small business, veterinary, greenhouse, food production, and energy resource management.  Certification opportunities in ProStart and ServSafe.


CACD – The Creative Arts, Communication, and Design Academy.  Students will build a portfolio of work to submit for college scholarships, college entry, job applications, etc.  The portfolio is built on student voice and choice (film, TV, writing, communications, programming, gaming, animation, 2D art and/or 3D art).


HSHS – The Health Sciences and Human Services Academy.  Students will be engaged in exploring how to help and care for people in a variety of settings, such as nursing, sports medicine, phlebotomy, health care, fire science, law, child care, and/or education.  Certification opportunities are available in CNA (certified nursing assistant), phlebotomy, CPR/First Aid, and BLS (basic life saving).


Capstone – Seniors will be encouraged to design a Capstone Experience.  It is a student-created, planned and produced collaborative project that immerses students, parents, teachers, and community in relevant, engaging work.  This experience showcases and stretches their learning, as well as demonstrates college and career readiness skills.  Students will apply the traits recognized in the graduate profile throughout their Capstone Experience.  The Capstone experience should be centered around one or more of the following: internship, community service, industry certification, and/or an authentic project or problem.


Certifications – Certifications are usually endorsements of skills. Most often they require testing.  Some certifications are valid for life once the exam is passed, and others require recertification after a period of time.


Community Partners – Industry partners to assist in curriculum development, problem identification, academy student outcomes aligned with industry standards, steer programming to meet needs of community, identify and provide internships and off campus experiences.


Internship – An internship is a method of on-the-job training, experience and exploration for Natrona County School District Students. Internships for professional careers are similar to apprenticeships for trade and vocational jobs. Although interns are typically college or university students, they can also be high school students or post-graduate adults. On occasion, they are middle school or even elementary students. Internships will allow students to engage in real-world learning opportunities, maximize core content and skill level knowledge and develop 21st century skills as identified in the Graduate Profile.


Multidisciplinary – Two or more academic disciplines that are usually considered distinctly different are combined by instructors in a teaming situation to enhance teaching and learning. Each content area shares equal importance in delivering content specific standards, and are woven together to create engaging and relevant learning opportunities for students.  This is an instructional method that breaks down traditional barriers between subjects to make learning more meaningful and engaging for high school students.  Based on a career theme, multidisciplinary learning helps students see relationships and connections between academic subjects and their application in the real world and a specific career pathway.