Panther Pathways

Panther pathways


Central York School District is pleased to announce the launch of Panther Pathways, a K-8 program that will provide learners with social, emotional and behavioral interventions and continued academic assistance designed to enhance their ability to achieve their full potential in the classroom and beyond. 


School principals, teachers, guidance counselors and social workers will identify learners who may be in need of additional social, emotional and behavioral interventions beyond what is currently provided.

The school team will meet with the learner’s parents/guardians to discuss placement in the Panther Pathways Program. 

If the parents/guardians support this placement, the learner will be placed in an environment where a team of education and therapeutic professionals can work closely with the learner to address documented behaviors that negatively impact academic achievement. 

K-4 learners will be transported to a dedicated Panther Pathways classroom at Hayshire Elementary School during their time participating in the program. Learners in Grades 5-8 will be transported to a dedicated Panther Pathways classroom at Central York Middle School to participate in this program.

The Panther Pathways classroom teachers will work with T.W. Ponessa, a therapeutic counseling provider that will be partnering with the District for in-school services to students in Grades K-8, to provide daily classroom lessons and services to Panther Pathways learners. 

Learners will remain in the Panther Pathways classrooms until they are consistently demonstrating satisfactory achievement toward the attainment of established social, emotional and behavior goals set by their team of teachers, counselors, and with the input of their parents/guardians. 


Central York School District’s Student Assistance Program members – including School Guidance Counselors, Psychologist, and School Social Workers – as well as faculty, staff and administrators are aware of a growing need for additional mental health support services for learners of ALL ages throughout the District. Frequently, there are barriers to parents/guardians providing students with access to mental health care outside of the school due to work schedules or transportation issues. 

In the spring of 2016, the District partnered with T.W. Ponessa to provide a counselor at both Central York Middle School and Central York High School for in-school therapeutic counseling sessions with learners in need. Due to the success of the program, therapeutic counseling has been extended to the elementary grades in 2016-2017.

The Panther Pathways Program supplements this partnership by providing targeted intervention and support to our learners in Grades K-8. The District’s educators, administration and staff believe offering these services in a school-based setting will remove these barriers and provide needed support to learners with diagnosed conditions such as ADHD/ADD, anxiety and depression. 


Please contact your child’s building principal, teacher, guidance counselor or school social worker if you would like to learn more about the Panther Pathways Program or for more information on T.W. Ponessa’s School-Based Programs and services provided by the Central York School District. 

T.W. Ponessa began offering school-based mental health services in 2006, and now provides these services in 61 schools in 10 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Locally, T.W. Ponessa currently partners with Northeastern Area School District and York City School District to provide similar services.

T.W. Ponessa’s counselors are licensed, qualified and experienced and, in addition to their own licensing, will have completed Central York School District’s Clearance Process before serving in our schools. If you would like more information on T.W. Ponessa, please visit their website, at

Additional questions or concerns may be addressed to Mr. Robert Grove, Assistant Superintendent, at (717) 846-6789, ext. 1210 or via email, at