The first day of school is Monday, August 21, 2023. Pathfinders is in session from August to June following a rhythm of 7 weeks of school followed by 2 weeks off.


September 4 – Labor Day

November 22–24 Thanksgiving

January 1 – New Year’s Day

March 29 – Good Friday 

May 27 – Memorial Day


August 21st - October 6th

School Block #1

October 23rd - December 15th,

School Block #2

January 2nd - February 16th

School Block #3

March 4th - April 19th

School Block #4

May 6th - June 7th

School Block #5


October 7th – 22nd

Adventure Block #1

December 16th - January 1st

Adventure Block #2

February 17th - March 3rd

Adventure Block #3

April 20th - May 5th

Adventure Block #4


1. Complete Application

Are you ready to join the adventure? Contact us!
605-799-6455 or

2. Tour our Facility

We invite you to tour our facility and get to know our founder. We offer tours on the 1st Tuesday and 4th Saturday of every month between June and January.

3. Meet the Teacher

We'd love to answer your questions and help determine if our school is a good fit for your family!

4. Visit Classroom

Observe what our students do; no two days are the same! When you see our classroom in action, you'll see for yourself how this education is unlike any other.

5. Acceptance

Join us! 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.


The annual cost for this education is estimated at $9,875 per student.

Our goal is to make this education available to as many families as possible. To this end, our tuition is set below the current annual cost and assistance is offered to families whose financial situations make involvement prohibitive.

Ages 4-7



This hands-on learning adventure is for children ages 4 to 7 years old. We spend at least one day a week adventuring in nature, and two days in our Montessori-inspired classroom.

Ages 6-12



This learning adventure is for children ages 7-12 years old. We spend one day per week adventuring in nature, and 4 days in our Montessori-inspired classroom.

Ages 11-14



This learning adventure is for children ages 11 to 14 years old. We spend time serving and adventuring one day per week. In the classroom, our students work collaboratively to solve real world problems.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

— 2 Corinthians 9:8

We believe education is more than passing tests and is, instead, an opportunity for children to become prepared for a life of Christian discipleship. Through the generosity of people like you, this approach aims to change the world of education. We invite you to prayerfully consider the best way for your family to financially support this adventure. Let’s grow.

— Let's Grow

Six years ago we opened our doors to a whole new world of education. Today, we have evidence of growth in ways we never could have imagined and yet the future is full of possibilities beyond our wildest dreams. Our biggest dream yet is to grow onto a new nature campus. The number to realize this is $7.7 million. We need partners like you to come alongside us. Let's keep growing.

— Let's keep Growing