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


Pathfinder Community Values



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


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


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


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



What makes Pathfinder unique?


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.