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 Parents and Students,


    Who can believe that it is now spring and we are entering the last nine weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Many educators agree that this year has been the most challenging of all the years of teaching we have seen.

    A little over a year ago, the World Health Organization declared the spread of COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic and schools across the country were shut down. Almost immediately the AIU Special Education and Pupil Services division worked around the clock to plan and implement a customized, remote education plan to ensure the continuity of education for our students with disabilities.

    Despite the outstanding efforts made by our teachers, we were all in agreement that virtual education was not ideal for the unique needs of many of our students. After a summer of long meetings, developing protocols, establishing new procedures, and reorganizing classrooms and schedules, we once again opened our doors at the beginning of this school year for in-person instruction, Monday through Friday.

    Every one of our staff members knew that this school year would be a challenging one and that there certainly would be bumps in the road. However, those thoughts quickly vanished when we were all able to see our students, in-person, on the first day of school. The smiles on their faces and the expression of joy reinvigorated our passion for doing what we love most – teaching our students.

    Educator Appreciation week was recently celebrated May 3-6.  If there was ever a year to say thank you to our special group of teachers, related service providers and support staff, it would be this year. I cannot begin to put into words how much I admire and appreciate the Pathfinder staff for their flexibility, courage, ingenuity and patience given all of the challenges of this school year.

    I also would like to thank the parents of our Pathfinder students who understood the challenges and risks that our school staff faced this year. We know it was not easy to change your busy schedules to keep your children home when they displayed COVID-like symptoms, were close contacts, or whenever we had to implement a classroom or school-wide closure. Your patience and understanding is very much appreciated.

    In closing, I want to reiterate our deep gratitude for your continued support of The Pathfinder School and its staff and students. I wish you and your family good health and good spirits throughout the remainder of the spring and the summer. Warmer weather and better times are around the corner.


    Nicholas R. Fratto, M.S. Ed.

    The Pathfinder School Principal