Pathfinder Location, Tuition, Hours
When will you open?
Our goal is to open in September 2018.
How many students will you have?
Our goal is to open with a minimum of 30 students and 3 staff members.
Where will you be you located?
We are currently seeking a location to lease for our school on the "inside" of the Triangle that Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill form, near major transportation corridors. Sub-letting classroom space from a current church congregation would be ideal.
See our "Site Wish List" for more info.
How much will tuition cost?
The tuition scale for Pathfinder has not been set, as we have little information about the fixed costs of the school that tuition will need to cover. However, we are committed to accessibility for a wide range of incomes. We are looking at the Circle School's tuition scale as a possible model (~$4,000 - $11,000 per year, with substantial sibling discounts and possible scholarships.)
Why not become a charter school and avoid tuition?
We are aware of the difficulty of paying tuition, but there are many concerns about opening a self-directed school as a charter. To accept public funding, we would be responsible to the state for annual compulsory testing, and for covering required state and national curriculum. This would require classes, tests, grades, and would undermine the core philosophy of the school.
What will your hours be?
We'd like to be open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm to provide full coverage for parents who are employed full time. This is a goal to work toward, we may start with hours in the 8:30 to 3:30 range.
What is your attendance policy?
Our attendance policy is not yet set in stone. However, to preserve a strong community culture, build relationships, and to keep tuition reasonable, we believe that some minimum regular attendance is required by all community members. We're leaning towards 25 hours required weekly attendance for ages 7 and up, half time with scaled tuition for ages 4-7.
If you're looking for a drop in, part time home school center, we recommend Dimensions Family School.
Are you hiring staff?
We are not hiring at this time. When we are ready to hire (likely May-June of 2018) we will be looking first at people who have read all of our available materials, deeply understand the educational model, and have shown commitment to the project by helping to get it off the ground. If you are interested in staffing eventually, the first step is to come to a public meeting to meet founders and learn more about the project.
You can apply to be part of our advisory committee as well.