This website is brought to you by the Pathfinder PFO,
A Parent-Faculty Organization supporting the school and its families in special ways.
The Pathfinder School is dedicated to the academic, social and vocational development of students with special needs.
Opened in 1996, 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.
The Pathfinder School Mission
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 prevocational training opportunities
Using community-based instruction to advance practical applications of skills
Providing a sense of community which enourages active participation
Building positive community partnerships.
Enrollment at The Pathfinder School
Students are accepted on either a part-time, pre-vocational or full-time bases.
1)Referrals are made by the School Districts
2)Tours are arranged by the District through the Pathfinder Office
3)Applications for admission are obtained by the School District from the Pathfinder office.
4)Once reviewed the District will be contacted regarding student acceptance.
5)A placement IEP will be held for student to enter.
6)Within 30 school days a new IEP will be written.
The students at The Pathfinder School share the following:
A need for small, highly structured and nurturing learning environment.
A need to interact within an academic environment with a low student-to-staff ratio.
A need for a daily living skills curriculum emphasizing skills that prepares a student for adult life.
A need for trained staff committed to reponding to each student's unique needs.
A need for a diverse array of learning methods and stategies based on real life experiences.
A need for community and social skills instruction.
A need for guided social experiences in the community and specialized vocation opportunities
A need for behavioral support to facilitate learning.
The Pathfinder School Curriculum
The School's Framework for Independent Living (FIL) blends state standard-based academics with functional skill areas, and focuses on bridging school experiences with adult life. Our Pre-Vocational and Transition Program provides instruction in the following areas:
Adaptive Physical Education
Center for Theatre Arts
Food Service Training
Building & Grounds
Self Help Skills
Services offered at The Pathfinder School
Behavioral Services & Positive Behavior Support Plans