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Benefits of a K-8 Education

The benefits of a K-8 education are community-based. Students and families remain at the school longer for a stronger community bond. Students attending a K-8 program during their middle school years receive more individualized attention due to the smaller class size and the middle schoolers are offered more expeditionary opportunities as a whole class via …

Benefits of Looping and Mixed Age Classrooms

Pathfinder classrooms operate in two-year “loops”, enabling each student two years with the same teacher. Children in a mixed age classroom experience a much wider range of group roles than in single age classroom. Each student has the opportunity to be an elder, a leader, and a role model in the classroom. Kids who had …

Blazing Trails Childcare at Pathfinder

Blazing Trails Childcare at Pathfinder K8 School is a non-profit childcare program for school age children ages five through twelve. We are open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, excluding school hours. We also provide an enrichment program during the summer.

Our Mission

Provide staff and families a safe, diverse childcare environment dedicated to respectful …

Earth Project

Through student-lead conservation efforts like the Green Team, children are demonstrating leadership by serving as our waste management champions. The Green Team has diverted compostables and recyclables from our garbage saving the school money which can then be reinvested into the program. Other “drives” for products like markers, pens, juice pouches, and batteries show how …

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is a vibrant and valued component of learning at Pathfinder K-8. There are many ways Pathfinder embraces outdoor learning, one of which is in the Pathfinder Garden Classroom. Over the past 4 years, the Garden Classroom has been built and tended by students. It includes both native and edible garden features, as …

Pathfinder History

Pathfinder was founded by cooperative preschool parents in 1992 to give West Seattle residents an alternative school option. Our parents continue to take an active role in and out of our classrooms.

Pathfinder Middle School

The middle school program at Pathfinder provides a small, expeditionary learning experience for roughly 170 6th-8th grade students

which is a substantially smaller student body than a comprehensive middle school. A smaller student body provides for strong student-teacher relationships and team-taught grade bands. The middle school students have two general education teachers – a math/science …

Stay Informed

What’s the best way to know what is happening at school? Coming Soon! Sign up for text alerts for Pathfinder activities! PTSA Website: pathfinderk8ptsa.org. PTSA Facebook Page: facebook.com/pathfinderk8ptsa. Pathfinder School Website: pathfinderk8.seattleschools.org. Hot Sheet: Prepared by the PTSA. Issued every two weeks on Wednesdays. Quick reference and calendar of upcoming events. Sent via email and …