School Details

The Pathfinder School

11930 South West-Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 995-3814

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 109 students 5 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

The Pathfinder School is a private middle school in Traverse City. The principal of The Pathfinder School is Mr. Robert Hansen, who can be contacted at 109 children attend The Pathfinder School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at The Pathfinder School is 5:1. West Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French


  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% %
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Being a part of the Pathfinder faculty has been a true community experience. I love that the students parents and teachers create an environment that is welcoming and promotes discovery and exploration. Our campus provides us with a hands-on natural classroom on a daily basis and a curriculum that inspires creativity in children.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our mission is to discover and develop each student's individual abilities by investing in a community of families and teachers in which serious study flourishes alongside creativity responsibility and enthusiasm. At Pathfinder children feel safe to be themselves think independently work cooperatively become avid learners and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. This mission statement says it all except for the integration of nature in teaching the children. I have found no other school in the area that can compete in this regard. 22-acre campus utilized routinely by all teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    There is no other school in Northern Michigan like Pathfinder! Our Daughter is thriving there. The arts integrated education is the best method of teaching. The students love going to school. The school is an experience unlike any other your child could have in the academic lives. Children who graduate from Pathfinder have the highest test scores later in life. I highly recommend this school.

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Overall score

(based on 4 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


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