About Us | Pathfinder School

  • Principal's Message

    Dear parents and guardians,

    I hope this message finds you and your families in good health. As we prepare to embark on a new school year, I am delighted to extend a warm welcome back to each and every one of you.

    Principal Nicholas Fratto

    At Pathfinder School, we believe that a strong partnership between parents, teachers, and the school is essential for the success and well-being of our students. Together, we can create a nurturing and inspiring environment that fosters academic excellence, character development, and personal growth.

    We are eager to continue building on the successes of the previous year and are thrilled to introduce several exciting initiatives for the upcoming academic session. One of these initiatives is the adoption of a new K-12 adapted core curriculum called TeachTown. TeachTown offers students with moderate to severe disabilities equitable and inclusive access to the general education curriculum and the individualized interventions that support their success. Staff will be trained on using the program during our upcoming staff development days and will be implementing the program on day one.

    As you may recall, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit started to use a new child accounting program at the beginning of last school year. We are now in the second phase of this implementation and are in the process of setting up a portal for each family so guardians may access student attendance, schedules and grades from home. We also hope to make our beginning-of-the-year forms available on this site. Parents will also have access to change demographic information such as emergency contacts, phone numbers and home address, when necessary.

    Communication remains a vital aspect of our school's culture, and we encourage you to stay actively involved in your child's education. Parents are encouraged to follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts to see all the exciting things that are happening at our school. Parents are also encouraged to check the AIU/Pathfinder website to access our school and activities calendar.

    Finally, if you are interested in becoming a member of our Parents of Pathfinder Students (POPS) group, please feel free to send an email to pathfinder@aiu3.net indicating your interest.

    As we prepare for this journey together, I would like to extend my gratitude for your support and trust in our school. With your partnership, I am confident that this school year will be one filled with discovery, growth, and memorable achievements.

    With warm regards,

    Nicholas R. Fratto, M.S. Ed.

    Pathfinder School Principal