Building an Inclusive Community

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 financial circumstances. Family financials are assessed and fees are offered by the Membership Fee Committee, which is tasked with balancing 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’s and the program’s financial situations.

Membership priority is available to current Members as well as new full time Members satisfied with the indexed fees calculated below. Full time attendance is five days/week for nine months of program services (for the “annual fee” multiply monthly fee by 10). We do not have required attendance, but we ask that all Members attend on Wednesdays so that they can participate in community governance. Otherwise you are free to keep your own schedule.

The scale below is to help you make plans. The Membership Fee Committee has the final say over what fee amounts we can offer based on our operating budget and current membership. Fees are not final until both parties sign a membership agreement.

**Please note that there is a Site Fee of $25/Member/month in addition to the scaled monthly fee. The Site Fee is to cover expenses for cleaning supplies and our professional cleaning contract, as well as to fund Member childcare during parent meetings and events outside of regular program hours.

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Membership Fees 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.



To find out 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 these numbers?

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 enrollment demographics to look like theirs, so we are following their fee scale formula. Read more about Circle School Alumni statistics.

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