Welcome! Rooted in faith and tradition and inspired by new possibilities, we are Pathfinders; a Christian, Montessori adventure school. We learn, explore, and grow as a mixed age community of thinkers, learners, and doers. Our children are given hands on learning experiences and the freedom and responsibility to make creative, self directed choices about their learning. Our teachers guide and encourage by offering activities to match the children's development and interests.
The uniqueness of our school is impossible to describe so come check us out and discover if this learning adventure is right for your family.
We are a family of five that lives in Sioux Falls. Hillary works as a hand surgeon and I (Kent) am a stay at home dad. We have three children (8, 6, 3) that give us joy, laughter and plenty of other reasons to pray.
While exploring preschools, we discovered Montessori education. We were initially enamored with the materials but learned to value the principles of freedom and responsibility. All of our children have attended Montessori preschool.
My initial hope was to homeschool our children after preschool. I wanted to give our children an education with hands-on experience. I imagined using project based learning and traveling the world to explore history and culture first hand. However, our dream was missing one significant element...COMMUNITY! Especially for elementary age children, there is "magic" in learning with friends. Our experience is that elementary children are willing to explore much more with friends than with dad and mom by their side.
Our dream transformed into creating a Montessori elementary school. We toured and observed other Montessori elementary schools (there are several in the midwest), and I began Montessori teacher training. We built a one of a kind Montessori elementary classroom, and hired another Montessori teacher.
We completed our first year with five children.
We love being small as it gives us amazing flexibility to schedule our weekly adventures during the best weather and coordinate PE classes with other homeschool families.
More than anything our experience has proven that we have a very special learning environment...one that has to be experienced to be believed. We are still dreaming of sharing the adventure with more students. So...make an appointment to observe our school and discover if your family should join our learning adventure.
Welcome to Pathfinders!
My name is Kent and I'm the founder of this school. My hope is to infuse your child's learning with joy. My promise
is to always respect the uniqueness of your child's personality and potential.
Pathfinders is geared for students in 1st-6th grade. While it is not required for admission, we encourage families to complete three years in a Montessori primary (preschool) learning environment.
Our enrollment steps are:
1. Initial Visit
2. Classroom Observation
3. Family Orientation Sessions
4. Student Preparedness Assessment
For more information, please see our admissions policy here:
Upcoming Family Orientation Session Dates
Session 1 - Thursday, January, 24th 6:00pm - Montessori Theory
Session 2 - Saturday, February 23rd 10:00am - Uniqueness of Pathfinders
Foundation Families Tuition Policy
You might think of this as the "honor system" tuition policy. We promise to provide the best learning environment we can and we expect our foundation families to pay the tuition they are capable of paying; between $0 - $8,000.
We have chosen the honor system to help us build a foundation of families that, first and foremost, believe in what we are doing. Our tuition policy will eventually change yet our foundation families will remain on the honor system for all of their children.
Our school is a mixed age learning environment and our admissions committee will work to admit students that maintain our balanced and diverse community.
Pathfinders, Inc. admits students of any race, color or national/ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available in the school or in the administration of education policies.
Pathfinders is growing and we're hoping to add adventurous teachers and leaders to our team. If you're passionate about creating a learning environment where children can develop their unique potentials, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at email@example.com and let's start a conversation.
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