About

Our Vision

The Pathfinder K-8 community envisions a school in which students are empowered to be inquisitive and versatile thinkers who value diversity, pursue their passions, reach their potential and become advocates for our world.

Our Mission

Pathfinder K-8 is a diverse and inclusive community where students are engaged in learning both inside and outside the classroom. We support the intellectual, social, emotional, creative and physical growth of all our children. We teach our students to recognize and value their own individual skills and unique intelligences, as well as those of others.

Our Beliefs

We believe...

  • Pathfinder K-8 is a welcoming, accepting, and inclusive school community where teaching kindness, empathy, compassion, and respect create a safe and supportive learning environment. 
  • High academic and behavioral standards are essential elements in the development and success of each student. While striving for educational excellence, Pathfinder K-8 is committed to the whole child, utilizing progressive and alternative methods. 
  • Our school community is strengthened and deeper learning is fostered when parents and community members are actively welcomed and involved in the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical development of each child. 
  • Inclusive opportunities for students of all ability levels cultivate acceptance, compassion and the development of diverse relationships. 
  • Genuine relationships with teachers are essential for student development, engagement, motivation and academic success. 
  • Learning expeditions are powerful because they provide students with integrated, authentic learning opportunities. 
  • Integrated field experiences enhance each child's education and build a strong community. 
  • High quality instruction must address the fact that all students are unique in their learning styles and development. 
  • A dynamic art, language, music, and physical education program is an essential part of a K-8 education. 
  • Students thrive in a school culture that nourishes and sustains their intrinsic motivation to learn. 
  • Our students are best served when teachers have the freedom to create curriculum that is responsive to students' needs, interest and passions. 
  • The thoughtful integration of technology enhances learning and prepares students for the future.
Cooper Building

Contact Us

1901 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98106

Main Office: 206-252-9710
Attendance: 206-252-9712
Fax: 206-252-9711

Principal: David Dockendorf
bio | message to families
ddockendorf@seattleschools.org

Asst. Principal:
Lisa Clayton | bio
lclayton@seattleschools.org


Bell Schedule 2016-17

Start Time: 8:45 a.m.
End Time: 3:15 p.m.

Middle School
1st period 8:45 - 9:35
2nd period 9:40 - 10:30
3rd period 10:35 - 12:00
Lunch 12:05 - 12:35
4th period 12:39 - 1:29
5th period 1:32 - 2:22
6th period 2:25 - 3:15

Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten &
1st 11:10 - 11:30
2nd & 3rd  11:30 - 11:50
6th, 7th, 8th 12:05 - 12:35
4th & 5th 12:35 - 12:55

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