Durham's First Alternative to School


Pathfinder is a self-directed learning community for ages 5-14 in Durham, NC.

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 has given our children the confidence to truly be themselves, the ability to communicate more deeply, and the passion to share what they know and care about with others.”
— Danelle Karth, Pathfinder parent


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.