The Pathfinder School serves students from the ages of 5 to 21 years of age. At the present time, 22% of our student population comes from the seven surrounding school districts in Allegheny County. However, Pathfinder also provides programming to students from many of the other districts in the County, as well as students from both Greene and Washington Counties. Even though the majority of our students are diagnosed as having autism, multiple disabilities and intellectual disabilities, many have associated disabilities— attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD), cerebral palsy, epilepsy and seizure disorder, hearing impairment, obsessive/compulsive disorder, orthopedic disorders, other unspecified genetic syndromes, severe learning disabilities, specific types of pervasive developmental disorders, scoliosis, secondary social/emotional difficulties and visual impairments.
Most students thrive in active, hands-on, problem-solving classroom environments; and this is especially true for kids with special needs. Our school has been observing a trend that many students with special needs actually lean toward STEAM fields. In fact, some studies have shown that kids with autism spectrum disorders gravitate to courses and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.