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Welcome! Rooted in faith and tradition and inspired by new possibilities, we are Pathfinders, a Christian, Montessori adventure school. We explore, learn, 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.

 
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CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

We want to be a community of courageous learners characterized by sacrificial love, industriousness, and joy.

 MONTESSORI LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

We work to support the development of children through real world experiences that naturally lead to wonder and discovery.

ADVENTURE

Our outdoor adventures are the foundational experiences for enjoying creation and understanding our responsibility in it.

 

CALENDAR

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Pathfinders is in session from late August to late June following a rhythm of 7 weeks of school followed by 2 weeks off.

SCHOOL TOURS AND FAMILY ORIENTATION

By appointment.

2021 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

Monday, August 23, 2021

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PATHFINDER

 

While every week looks a little different with new adventures and projects, our general daily routine is: 

8:00      Drop off

8:30      Worship and Prayer

8:45      Morning lessons and work time   

11:45    Lunch and recess     

1:15      Handwork and story time

2:00      Skill School

3:45      Chores

4:00      Pick up

 

CHORES

COOKING

MORNING WORK TIME

SKITS

PRESENTATIONS

RECESS

PIANO

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

EXPERIMENTS

 

OUR STAFF

 
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KENT BECKER

Co Director and AMI Trained Guide

JOIN US!

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JOIN US

Pathfinders Christian Adventure School is currently geared for elementary students ages 6-12 years old.  To be engaged participants in the community, students will benefit from having basic reading, writing, and math skills as well as experience with self-directed learning and work.

ENROLLMENT STEPS

1. Private family tour and orientation.
2. Student Preparedness Assessment

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TUITION POLICY

 Tuition is $8,000 and financial assistance is available. 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

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. 

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I was drawn to Pathfinders by the Montessori-inspired education model, and by the time spent adventuring in nature. Kent’s emphasis on teaching children to “work hard and love people” clinched the decision for me. The classroom and community experiences for my son have been everything we could have hoped for and more. What I did not expect was how God would use the experience to renew my motherhood. 

We’ve had some unusually challenging parenting paths to walk, and it stole a lot of the enthusiasm, self-confidence, and high ideals that I went into parenthood with. God has uniquely used being a part of the Pathfinder community to refresh my spirit and set my heart aflame again with those ideals. Witnessing the classroom model in action has encouraged and inspired me to work to return to being my highest self as a woman and mother, and as the primary educator of my children; it has motivated me to endeavor to create the rich environment I desire to cultivate at home for them, and for us as a family. I’m so grateful to be a part of such an intentional community of thinkers, doers, and believers.

-Molly Smith, Pathfinders parent

 
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GALLERY

 
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WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE ADDITION OF A WILDERNESS ADVENTURE PRESCHOOL  CALLED LION CHASERS!

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LION CHASERS

Lion Chasers is a new, wilderness learning adventure for children, ages 4 through 7. Our mission is to provide relationships, experiences, and training that supports the development of young Christian thinkers, learners, and doers. Our wilderness adventures and indoor basecamp provide unique opportunities to inspire wonder, courage, and Christian character in children while they grow in practical knowledge and skills. Lion Chasers convenes Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 to 4:00, and will adventure outside in all safe weather, including wind, rain, cold, and snow. Basecamp is located at Pathfinders Christian Adventure School.

ADVENTURE DAY LEARNING INCLUDES:

Strength and coordination

Mental resilience
Logical thinking

Biome parts
Plant and animal identification

Life cycles
Gardening
Fire and shelter building
Basic navigation
Knot tying and whittling

Fishing and archery and more

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BASECAMP LEARNING AREAS:

Creation Studies
Art
Music

Sensorial

Math

Language

Practical Life

ENROLLMENT

Enrollment is limited, and a family interview is required to apply. Our schedule is 7 weeks on, followed by 2 weeks off, from late August through June. Tuition is $4,800 and financial assistance is available. For more information, please contact Kent or Lesley at hello@pathfindersschool.org or (605) 799-6455.

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CONTACT US

47252 272nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

605-799-6455

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