The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Admission Policies

We find unity in diversity.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY - The Pathfinder School admits students of any race, color, religion, orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Pathfinder School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, orientation, national or ethnic origin, administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, personnel practices, or other school-administered programs.


Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Enrollment Policy

At Pathfinder, we afford parents many options for the schedules of their Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. We recognize that at this young age, not all children are ready for a full day of school.  Below is our policy for Enrollment of these two classes as well as our Mid-Year Enrollment Options. 


Beginning of School Year

At the start of the year, Pre-K prospective students are offered the following options based on availability:             

  • M, W, F – Half
  • M, W, F, - FULL
  • T, TH – Half
  • T, TH – Full
  • 5 Half Days
  • 5 Full Days
  • 5 AM and 2 PM (T,TH)
  • 5 AM and 3 PM (M,W,F)

At the start of the year, Kindergarten prospective students are offered the following options based on availability:  

  • 5 Half Days
  • 5 Full Days
  • 5 Mornings and 3 Afternoons (M, W, F)
  • 5 Mornings and 2 Afternoons (T, TH)

We offer the options listed above in order to maintain a consistent classroom dynamic, build curriculum around those student needs and emergent interests as well as to cultivate the appropriate number and gender balance of students in each grouping.


Mid-Year Check In & Day Extension

STEP ONE | Consult with your Teacher - At Mid-Year, Pre-K parents can consult with their teachers about extending their child’s program from Half to Full Days.   

Parents may extend on the M, W, F format or T, Th. 
NOTE: If a Monday is chosen as the extension day and later that parent decides to add another Full Day, they must add either a Wednesday or a Friday.  If the parent chooses a Tuesday to extend, and then decides to extend an additional day, they would have to extend Thursdays.

If you are interested in expanding your child's schedule from 2 or 3 days to 5 Full Days, we will need to take these steps and also look at classroom availability. 

STEP TWO | Parents Connect with Admissions & Finance: Teachers will direct parents to Admissions and  Finance for a dialogue about the shift from Half Day to Full Day. Teachers will email or provide a written recommendation about the child in question with their thoughts about extending the day as well as any concerns.

STEP THREE | Admissions & Teachers Connect: Admissions will connect with teachers following the parent discussion to schedule a “Trial Run” for the child and discuss any final concerns.

STEP FOUR | Trial Run:  Admissions will invite child to try the Full day option for 2 days.  After that point, Admissions and teachers will connect about the extension.

STEP FIVE | Notification of Placement: Admissions will contact Parents to notify them of a confirmed day extension or a temporary hold on the move in the best interests of the child.