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Benefits of a K-8 Education

The benefits of a K-8 education are community-based. Students and families remain at the school longer for a stronger community bond. Students attending a K-8 program during their middle school years receive more individualized attention due to the smaller class size and the middle schoolers are offered more expeditionary opportunities as a whole class via …

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Benefits to looping and mixed age classrooms

Older students can act as mentors for younger students. Younger students have the benefit of more helpers. Children in a multi-age classroom experience a much wider range of group roles than in single-age classroom. Each child has the opportunity to be “an elder,” “a leader,” and “a role model” in the classroom.  Kids who’d been …

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Blazing Trails Childcare at Pathfinder

Blazing Trails Childcare is Pathfinder K8 School’s non-profit childcare program for school age children ages five through twelve. We are open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, excluding school hours. We also provide an enrichment program during the summer. Our mission is to… Provide staff and families a safe, diverse childcare environment dedicated to respectful …

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Earth Project

Earth Project at Pathfinder K-8 The mission of the Earth Project is to build connections to our Earth and to one another. Pathfinder students are getting out of their classrooms where learning about life cycles and ecologies happens in our halls, our cafeteria, our garden, and our world. Through student-lead conservation efforts like the Green …

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education at Pathfinder K-8 Outdoor Education is a vibrant and valued component of learning at Pathfinder K-8. There are many ways Pathfinder embraces outdoor learning, one of which is in the Pathfinder Garden Classroom. Over the past 4 years, the Garden Classroom has been built and tended by students. It includes both native and …

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front page of Parent Handbook

Parent/Family Handbook 2015-2016

In addition to Pathfinder’s Mission, Vision and Beliefs, in this Parent/Family Directory, you will find answers to pretty much every question you may have about our school. Open this PDF of the Parent Handbook  2015-16 to get information about these subjects, and more: Recess Breakfast and Lunch Bell Schedule Transportation Academics Outdoor Education Expeditionary Learning …

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Pathfinder History

Pathfinder was founded by cooperative preschool parents in 1992 to give West Seattle residents an alternative school option. Our parents continue to take an active role in and out of our classrooms.

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Pathfinder Middle School

The middle school program at Pathfinder provides a small, expeditionary learning experience for roughly 170 6th-8th grade students which is a substantially smaller student body than a comprehensive middle school. A smaller student body provides for strong student-teacher relationships and team-taught grade bands. The middle school students have two general education teachers – a math/science …

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Pathfinder Vision, Mission and Beliefs

Our Vision The Pathfinder K-8 community envisions a school in which students are empowered to be inquisitive and versatile thinkers who value diversity, pursue their passions, reach their potential and become advocates for our world. Our Mission Pathfinder K-8 is a diverse and inclusive community where students are engaged in learning both inside and outside the …

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Arial view of Pathfinder Playground Plan

Progress on our playground

Thank You Community for helping us design the playground, get grants, find business donors, and for emptying your pockets to make this happen! The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, King County, and businesses in our neighborhoods were the big donors. This would not be possible if every donation of time and money hadn’t have …

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