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Welcome! 🧭

Pathfinder is an independent learning center,  located in Arlington Center of Arlington, Massachusetts. Many students don’t feel challenged, inspired, or supported in traditional school. At Pathfinder, we provide a space which re-engages kids and teens in their own learning. Pathfinder helps members feel respected in their environment, and allows them time to invest themselves in their interests, goals, present, and future. We are committed to supporting our members, ages 10-19, through their individualized educational journey.


Our independent learning center is a school alternative focusing on self-directed learning. Self-directed learning, sometimes known as unschooling, is a learning method which places focus on kids learning, instead of adults teaching. At Pathfinder, we honor the wants and needs of our members, and strive to help them pursue an education which feels important and worthwhile to each individual.


Our space has many rooms to create in, learn in, play in, socialize in, and explore! We are just a short walk away from the Arlington Library, Spy Pond, the Arlington Boys and Girls' club, the Minuteman Bike Trail, and a number of stores, restaurants, and other businesses. At Pathfinder, all members are free to take advantage of the outside world.



Supporting Self-Directed Education

Community πŸ’¬

We are a small and welcoming community serving a diverse group of learners.

Mentoring πŸ™Œ

Each of our members have a staff mentor that they meet with each week, to plan and reflect.

Classes πŸ““

Our optional classes represent the wide range of interests of our members.

Portfolios πŸ“Œ

We document each member's learning pursuits for use in homeschool reporting, college applications, resumes, and more.

Opportunities 🌞

With freedom and flexibility, members can access myriad resources and possibilities.

Independence πŸ¦‹

We encourage members to take greater responsibility for their lives. We foster the skills that bolster autonomy and self-reliance.

Interests 🩷

Members have the time and space to pursue their interests in depth. Our staff provides ideas, resources and guidance.

Flexibility πŸ”€

Our learning environment is highly adaptable to meet the individual needs of the members. We support varied learning styles, family needs and schedules.

Out in the World 🌐

Join us on field trips. Take or sit in on college classes. Volunteer in an area of deep interest. Find internships.

Who is Pathfinder for?

We are here for kids and families who want a different approach to learning. Those who: feel bored, unchallenged, and want more; have learning differences that schools don't address; want more time for a passion; feel lost or bullied at school; or find the structure and values of school confining and frustrating.


Are there state requirements?

All members who enroll at Pathfinder must register as a homeschooler in their school district. We are happy to assist with this process.


What happensΒ after self-directed learning?

Students who self-direct may choose move on to high school, college, work, internships, or travel as next step. Outcomes are often very similar to students who pursue traditional learning paths, but the possibilities are endless!



Pathfinder Learning Center is committed to being accessible to all. We work with families from all financial backgrounds. Contact us or check out our application page to learn more about becoming a member.

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: 781-640-3709

Address: 731 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA