Durham's First Alternative to School

 

Pathfinder is a self-directed learning community for members, ages 5-14.

We support self-directed learning, like many unschooling families and homeschool self-directed learning centers.

We support self-governance, akin to Agile Learning Centers, Sudbury schools, and democratic free schools.

At Pathfinder, members are:

  • free to choose their daily activities
  • responsible for their choices, actions, & education
  • empowered to participate in fair and transparent governance

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Pathfinder Community Values

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Respect

We value the human rights of all people, including children.

Trust

People learn to make good decisions by being trusted to decide for themselves.

Consent

Community limits on behavior should be clear, transparent, and consented to. 

Community

We value conscious culture creation, and balance the needs of the community with the needs of the individual.


 

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What makes Pathfinder unique?

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Time to Play, Time to Learn

Research shows that the best learning happens when people are free to pursue their own interests.

Age Mixing

Members have the freedom to associate with people of all ages.

All Pursuits are Equal

There are no tests, grades, or required curricula. Classes are held by request only.