At Pathfinder School, we believe in a safe, nurturing environment with educational programming that supports each student’s academic growth, social and emotional health, vocational skills, and emerging independence. Through collaboration with school districts, school professionals, parents/guardians, community partners and other local and state agencies, we strive to instill in students a love of learning using progressive and innovative educational approaches.
Pathfinder School is a New York State-approved educational program for children ages 5 to 21 years with Autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities. As a year-round, private, non-profit residential community, our programs are licensed or certified by the New York State Education Department, the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and the NYS Health Department.
Our roots date back to 1922 and the establishment of the Otsego School, a renowned residential program for children with Down syndrome.
At Pathfinder School, we believe in:
- Individualized programs to meet the needs of students
- Addressing the whole child, from academics to social experiences to emotional needs
- Hands-on learning and real-life learning opportunities, including experiences throughout the local community
- Building self-confidence and independence
Through student-specific schedules and routines, plus the opportunity to practice academic, social, and communication skills, Pathfinder School supports the needs of our students in a positive, compassionate, and dedicated educational environment.