The Program for the Academically Talented at Hope (PATH) provides middle school students with an accelerated education.

PATH began in 1986 as a cooperative project between Hope College and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. PATH was developed to serve academically gifted middle school students by offering fast-paced and accelerated instruction in composition, literature, mathematics and biology. 

PATH is an academically challenging environment, allowing academically gifted students a more appropriate learning pace while also building relationships with equally gifted peers. 

Today, up to 150 students from more than 20 public and private school districts, as well as local home school students, are enrolled each year from Allegan, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.