Pathfinder Village School

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Our interdisciplinary teams create individualized programs for each student. Our innovative teaching and comprehensive curriculum foster personalized academic instruction and integrated clinical and behavioral support.
Our beautiful, 300-acre campus has innumerable activities for students and opportunities to explore new interests and develop friendships in a supportive setting.
Real-world skills: A variety of vocational and community-based learning opportunities allow students to develop and refine their skills and talents. Students gain autonomy, work ethic and social competence through sports, art, gardening and other campus activities.
Supported growth: Our full-time, licensed Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), completes comprehensive Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and develops Behavior Service Plans (BSP) based on collected data, observations and input from the interdisciplinary team. Teachers, classroom staff, residential staff and parents promote support strategies across all environments.
Complementary therapies: Students` therapy services are integrated into the classroom and throughout the Pathfinder experience. We provide services per each student`s Individualized Educational Program (IEP), including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior support, and psychology services.
Adapted communication: Students` individualized modes of communication are supported at Pathfinder School, including low tech and high tech communication devices. Our speech language pathologist, masters level teachers and support staff are trained in the use of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as well as other Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and applications.
Movement and exercise: Students participate in gross motor activities and practice fundamental skills with our certified adaptive physical education (APE) instructor.
Healthcare: Residential students access on-site primary health care, medical specialists and psychiatry through long-standing affiliations with accredited and recognized regional medical providers, including Bassett HealthCare Network in Cooperstown, NY.

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Pathfinder Village School places among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism, Intellectual Disability, and Multiple Disabilities
Year Founded1980
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students24 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Socially appropriate for school or work)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesVaries annually based on SED rate setting; very competitive with local public school and BOCES tuition.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKelly Meyers
Admissions AssociateNichole Carney


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cycling, Dance, Freestyle Skiing, Indoor Soccer, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Track and FieldBasketballBowling,
Freestyle SkiingIndoor Soccer,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
SwimmingTrack and Field,

School Notes

At Pathfinder School, we believe that individualized instruction and a collaborative approach to learning can make every student successful.

Program feature include:
  • An integrated community setting
  • Low student-to-staff ratio
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible learning environment
Creating friendships is a priority at Pathfinder school. By connecting with fellow students, staff, and others, students see themselves as part of a larger community.

Students build confidence and a stronger sense of their individual identity. Students' families participate in all decision making about healthcare, service planning and anything else that impacts their student's life at Pathfinder School.

Residential students stay in touch through regular visits, by phone, email, Skype, letters and cards, trips home and family vacations

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to Pathfinder Village School is Milford Academy (8.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Faith Christian School (12.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Brookwood School (the) (12.5 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • New Berlin
    Milford Academy
    Vocational/Technical School
    Grades: 9-12 | 33 students
    8.3 miles
    7 School St
    New Berlin, NY 13411
    (607) 386-1730
    8.3 9-12
  • Cooperstown
    Brookwood School (the)
    Alternative School
    Grades: PK-K | 91 students
    12.5 miles
    687 County Highway 59
    Cooperstown, NY 13326
    (607) 547-4060
    12.5 PK-K
  • Bridgewater
    Grades: 2-12 | 6 students
    12.6 miles
    9635 Rt 20
    Bridgewater, NY 13313
    (315) 822-5233
    12.6 2-12
  • Cooperstown
    Grades: 2-6 | 9 students
    12.9 miles
    4898 State Highway 28
    Cooperstown, NY 13326
    (607) 547-5067
    12.9 2-6
  • Oneonta
    The School At Springbrook
    The School At Springbrook Photo - Springbrook will be expanding The School. The new residential complex will be located on the hill behind the school, providing great views of the valley.
    Special Education School
    Grades: Inquire with school | 93 students
    16.5 miles
    2705 State Highway 28
    Oneonta, NY 13820
    (607) 286-7171
    16.5 Inquire with school

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