The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Language Arts and Social Studies

Communication and Understanding.

As children grow, their awareness of the world expands. The Pathfinder social studies program moves sequentially from exploring the local community to making broad connections with communities around the world. From Global Studies in the early elementary grades, to Renaissance Fairs in middle school, students study anthropology, economics, comparative religions, history and geography. With a commitment to helping students develop social skills, the social studies curriculum focuses on character development and civics -- empowering students to become leaders in their community.

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are at the heart of the entire Pathfinder curriculum. Throughout all grades, students read and discuss literature, exploring the relationship between theme and character, plot and symbol and expanding their understanding of the real world. Students write in every class and in every grade, so writing becomes a natural part of their repertoire. Pathfinder graduates go on to take AP and Honors classes in the many schools they attend.