Pathfinder Community School: The Future of Education

YouTube Live presentation & Q&A with Pathfinder founders Hope Wilder and Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight.  Includes overview of Pathfinder project and research supporting self-directed education.

What is Pathfinder?

Pathfinder is a self-directed learning community with participatory governance for ages 5-14. 

Pathfinder is....

  • A creative space for play and exploration.
  • A member's club with shared resources and shared governance.
  • A place where kids can be free to learn as much as they want.

We follow self-directed education philosophy with a great degree of freedom of choice in daily activities. You can read more on our Philosophy page for details about our model and tools.


Enrollment & Opening Dates

We are now enrolling for our full-time launch in August. We are also taking registrations for Summer Camp.




2400 Broad St, Durham, Suite 5 (rear entrance, ground floor) is our location. We are behind Durham Family Medicine and Montessori Farm School. Our suite is 3700 square feet in 13 large and small rooms, and was formerly a doctor's office.

We are excited about the historic nature of the space. We've even adopted a nature preserve just a short walk down the hill with a creek for us to play in!