Opened in 1966, The Pathfinder School is operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and provides a highly structured, innovative and supportive environment for students identified with a range of disabling conditions. It lies in the South Hills suburbs of Pittsburgh and is an ideal location for community-based instruction.  

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, pathfinder staff, school district staff and agency.

Our Mission is to actively promote our students’ independence and increase their quality of life. This is accomplished by:

•Creating and adapting customized individual education plans.

•Having an array of on-site pre-vocational 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.


                                                    The Pathfinder School
                                                                                                                                        A School of Opportunity


                                                                                 50 Donati Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102        412-833-2777