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.
A Pathfinder student is assisted while he waters the school's learning garden.
  • 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
    • Art
    • 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.
Two Pathfinder students smile as they pose for a picture prior to graduation.
  • 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.
A student dances during the Pathfinder School prom of 2018.
  • Phone: 412-833-2777
    Fax: 412-833-4060