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The Pathfinder School

Private | PK-8 | 12 students

We are best known for small size & peerless faculty.

 
 

Living in Traverse City

Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $140,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $794.

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Posted May 3, 2011

Being a part of the Pathfinder faculty has been a true community experience. I love that the students, parents and teachers create an environment that is welcoming and promotes discovery and exploration. Our campus provides us with a hands-on natural classroom on a daily basis and a curriculum that inspires creativity in children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 2, 2011

Our mission is to discover and develop each student's individual abilities by investing in a community of families and teachers in which serious study flourishes alongside creativity, responsibility and enthusiasm. At Pathfinder, children feel safe to be themselves, think independently, work cooperatively, become avid learners and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. This mission statement says it all except for the integration of nature in teaching the children. I have found no other school in the area that can compete in this regard. 22-acre campus utilized routinely by all teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

There is no other school in Northern Michigan like Pathfinder! Our Daughter is thriving there. The arts integrated education is the best method of teaching. The students love going to school. The school is an experience unlike any other your child could have in the academic lives. Children who graduate from Pathfinder have the highest test scores later in life. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 69%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
African-American 0% 19%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Hansen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (231) 995-3850

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
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  • 1. Pathfinder is small for a reason. 2. Pathfinder is fun for a reason. 3. Pathfinder is beautiful for a reason. 4. Pathfinder is challenging for a reason. Your child is the reason. Children learn best when they are in the care of adults who know them well and care about their well-being, development and success. Our student-teacher ratio is 7 to 1. Children learn best when they are engaged in activities that delight. These beget a lifelong curiosity and love of learning. Children learn best when they are in an environment that inspires. Pathfinder is a lakeside campus on 22 acres of forest. Children learn best when much is expected of them. Pathfinder graduates are self-possessed, articulate, thoughtful and curious.
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Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Traverse City Central HS
Traverse City West HS
Interlochen Arts Academy
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11930 South West-Bay Shore Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Phone: (231) 995-3814

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