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Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD

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Pathways Toward Independence

Contact us

Margarita Aguirre,
Director of Special Education
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 769
Pharr, Texas 78577
Phone: (956) 354-2200
Fax: (956) 354-3034

Address: 903 N Flag St, Pharr TX 78577

Creating Pathways of Success for High School Special Needs Students

About the Pathways Toward Independence Program

Pathways Toward Independence is an adult transition program for students with special needs age 18-21. The program focuses on developing students to their fullest potential addressing employability skills and independent functioning skills. An integral component of our program ensures students are prepared to enter the workforce and become contributing members of their community. A partnership with South Texas College allows us to provide instruction in continuing education courses.

Life House


325 W. Jones Pharr, TX 78577

At PSJA ISD’s LIFE house, students with special needs gain functional independent living skills through hands on learning in a “real-world’ setting. This helps ensure students become contributing members of their home environment. 

Obtainable Skills

  • Daily Living (cooking, Hygiene, Laundry, gardening, household chores)
  • Social and interpersonal skills 
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Citizenship
  • Community Involvement

Agency Partnerships


  • Texas Workforce Solutions
  • Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
  • A.S.I. Advocates Searching for Independence LLC


“My son Adam continues to thrive at PTI, blossoming into a community-oriented young adult, learning helpful skills and transitioning into a confident and capable young adult. It has far exceeded my expectations and I am excited to see my son’s continued success.” -Sylvia Briales, Parent

“Gracias al programa Kevin a logrado un desarrollo personale independencia.” -Juan Martinez, Parent

“Our students have gained many vocational training skills while being a part of our PTI Transition Program. It is amazing to see where they started and where they are now. Business partners are also extremely supportive in ensuring the success of our students.” -Diana Clark, PTI Teache