The Pathfinder School

  • The Pathfinder School Fast Facts

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    Want to know more about our special education school? We've got you covered. From our excellent student-to-staff ratio to the numerous programs and services available to our students with special needs, The Pathfinder School has so much to offer. Get a snapshot of our educational offerings below. For more information and to contact us, visit the The Pathfinder School main page.

  • Dedicated Programs


    • Multi-Disabilities Support
    • Autistic Support
    • Life Skills
    • PRIDE Program


    • Auto Detailing
    • Food Service
    • Buildings and Grounds
    • Horticulture
    • Clerical
  • Numerous Specials and Amenities

    • STEAM
    • Art
    • Music
    • Home Economics
    • Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES)
    • Industrial Arts
    • Physical Education/Swimming
    • Sensory Room
    • Heated Pool
    • Computer Lab
    • Weight Room
    • Food Service Area
    • Greenhouse
    • Walking Distance to South Hills Village and Trolley

  • Principal Nicholas Fratto

    Principal's Message

    Dear Pathfinder Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing winter holiday break and was able to spend quality time with friends and family.

    It is hard to believe that we approaching the halfway point with the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year with the semester concluding on January 22. As is the case with many schools, we have experienced many challenges this year related to the pandemic. However, I am very proud of how resilient the staff, students and parents have been and would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help to make the Pathfinder School a great place to be.

    We have been able to hold several events over the past four months, including school spirit, dress-down days and a special holiday shop, among other fun activities. In addition, we're excited to safely hold many more fun events this spring, including the Spelling Bee, Candy Gram week, the annual Fashion Show, Earth Day, Day of Code, the Talent Shown, and much more!

    I also wanted to share that we are in the process of refreshing our playground area. In order to help fund this venture, we have applied for, and were awarded, an $8,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair. The Pathfinder Playground Committee met and decided to use this money to purchase and install colorful sensory-play equipment this spring. The Committee will continue to meet and identify other ways to fund and improve our playground space.

    If you have any questions about any of our events or initiatives, feel free to contact me by phone at 412-833-2777 or by email at As a reminder, we also have a COVID-19 dashboard with updates each weekday on case counts at AIU-operated schools, including Pathfinder.

    As always, please stay safe and thank you for all of your support!




    Nicholas R. Fratto, M.S. Ed.

    The Pathfinder School Principal