Ready to Join?

Interested in enrollment? Please read through our enrollment process and membership fees below first. To schedule an in-person visit, please use our online form here.

We are currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 memberships.

Enrollment Process

 1. Fill out application Form:


$25.00 per child - pay online or bring a check to the interview.

Pay Application Fee Online

3. Admissions interview

One hour admissions interviews are scheduled upon receipt of completed application and fee. We want to ensure the family and Pathfinder have enough information to decide: is this is a good fit?

At the interview:

  • We prefer that all parents/legal guardians attend if possible.

  • Please bring questions and concerns.

  • Plan to discuss our program philosophy, and your finances.

After the interview, Admissions Committee may invite prospective members to proceed with the enrollment process.


After the admissions interview, all new members must complete one visiting week. After a successful week, they may be invited to join by consent of members and staff.

5.  Sign Enrollment Contract

After completion of a successful visiting week, an enrollment contract is prepared and signed.


Questions? Send us an email-

Building an Inclusive Community:

Our Financial Philosophy

Pathfinder is an inclusive community of self-directed learners. Our indexed membership fees help to make this program available to a wide variety of families from diverse circumstances. Family financials are assessed by the Membership Fee Committee, which helps balance Pathfinder’s financial stability with our desire to serve a diverse community.

If your family and Pathfinder are a good fit for each other, we will do our best to ensure the fees support both the family and the program.

However, we are also committed to taking care of the people who work here. Pathfinder compensates with living wages so our staff can take care of their health and their families. Our staffing and building costs are fixed, and any discounts given must be made up for by fundraising.

At this time, the total cost per member for our organization to keep our program running is about $9,000 per child per year. A full fee assessment with family financial information is a part of the enrollment process, we can’t guarantee any given rates to any family because of the need to balance our sliding scale.

Membership Fee Estimate Calculator

Enter the number of kids and your estimated annual household income below to get a general idea of the fee scale at Pathfinder. For estimate uses only, not a guaranteed rate.

Fee Scale

For more information about our income-based sliding fee scale, please call 919-908-6526 and ask for Reuben, our Administrative Director.

Where did we get our fee scale?

We look to similar programs nearby and across the country- Agile Learning Centers, homeschool centers, and democratic free schools.

The Circle School in Harrisburg is over 30 years old, and serves a mid-size city of similar income range, and has a similar aim. We want our program to mirror the demographics of Durham the same way the Circle School’s demographics mirror Harrisburg. We used a similar formula in making our sliding scale.

             Read more about Circle School Alumni statistics.