The Pathfinder School
We believe that all students are capable of learning. We believe that this learning best occurs when there is an active partnership with the student, the parent/guardian, our staff, school districts and outside agencies.
Our mission is to actively promote our students’ independence and increase their quality of life.
This is accomplished by:
- Creating and adapting customized individual educational plans.
- Having an array of on-site prevocational training opportunities.
- Using the community-based instruction to advance practical applications of skills.
- Providing a sense of community which encourages active participation.
- Building positive community partnerships.
Our Framework for Independent Living (FIL) blends state standard-based academics with functional skill areas while focusing on bridging school experiences with adult life. We provide the following specially-designed instructions and opportunities:
- Adaptive physical education
- Auto detailing
- Community-based instruction
- Center for theatre arts
- Consumer sciences
- Industrial arts
- Music class
- Food service training
- Computer lab
- Building and grounds
- Sensory room
- Functional academics
- Self-help skills
- Personal care assistant
- School-based aquatics program, which was recently featured in the ACSHIC magazine.
The Pathfinder School serves 5- to 21-year old students throughout Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Greene and Washington counties. Our school offers numerous specialized classrooms, such as:
- Autistic support
- Multiple disabilities support
- Life skills support
- Vocational program
We also offer unique programs such as PRIDE and PAES.
- The PRIDE program is designed to help 18- to 21-year old students transition to life after school with the proper skills and knowledge to work or live indepently.
- The Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) helps students and teachers identify the student’s strengths, abilities and career interest.