Welcome to Pathfinder K-8
have been honored over the past twelve years to serve as the principal
at Pathfinder K-8 and look forward to continuing the work we are engaged
in over the next several years.
Our school was born in 1992 as AE 4 (Alternative Education School #4) as
a result of the vision and dedicated focus of our Founding Mothers. We
grew over the years and transformed our school from a K-5 program to a
K-8 program in 1999; we have worked diligently to create a program that
is small, personalized, caring and high achieving. Our school's mission
is to educate students to become passionate, lifelong learners,
respecting themselves, others and the environment. We do this through
expeditionary learning, a focus on the whole child, and a curriculum
that weaves in outdoor education and field work.
We work hard to create a challenging academic and
learning environment for all students. We are proud of our
implementation of Writers Workshop and Readers Workshop across our K-8
grade levels and are constantly amazed at the work and learning being
accomplished every day. We use the Everyday Math and Connected Math
(CMP2) curricula and National Science Foundation kits for our science
program. We have developed a strong intervention program for students
not meeting Washington State standards.
'Expeditionary Learning' is a strong component of our
program. This approach emphasizes learning by doing, with a particular
focus on character growth, teamwork, reflection and literacy. Teachers
connect high quality academic learning to adventure, service and
character development through a variety of student experiences including
interdisciplinary, project based learning expeditions often involving
Our Kindergarten and first grade classrooms loop (same
teacher and students for two years) and grades 2-3 and 4-5 are multi-age
classrooms. Our upper grade students (6-7-8) work within a team, each
having a homeroom that strengthens a student's sense of belonging. This
framework enables us to build a strong sense of community and positive
relationships with our students and families.
Our school has a reputation for innovation, creativity,
dedication and excellence. We have a highly qualified and progressive
teaching staff that is committed to providing our students with
culturally relevant and rigorous instruction using alternative
curriculum and resources rather than commercial texts. We work hard to
reach each child academically as well as socially and emotionally.
Pathfinder K-8 School has a very supportive and involved parent
community. We believe that a strong partnership between our school, each
classroom and home is critical to student and school success. We
encourage and invite you to participate and volunteer in our
school. Without the support and involvement from parents and families we
would not be able to achieve our dreams. Working together enhances the
caring school environment that makes our school so special.
Our website will give you up to date information about our wonderful
school. Please email me if you would like more information.
Pathfinder K-8 School is a vibrant and progressive
school that works very hard to uphold the philosophies of our vision and