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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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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Multiple Disabilities
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
24 students
Student Body Type

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
Classroom Dress Code
(Socially appropriate for school or work)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Varies annually based on SED rate setting; very competitive with local public school and BOCES tuition.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kelly Meyers
Admissions Associate
Nichole Carney


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

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