“The kids always come first.”

The Pathfinder Program opened in February of 2002. The grade 7-12 education program is located in the Lancaster County Youth Services Center. We serve short term pre-adjudicated youth for the detention center and Staff Secure facilities. We offer fully accredited educational services to youth awaiting decisions by the court which will best address their needs during times of difficulty.

From our Director…

Welcome to the Pathfinder Education Program website. I am honored to be the Educational Director working with a wonderful staff of teachers, and professional support staff. Our priority is inspiring students to want to learn and providing them with the necessary tools to be successful learners.

Our program addresses the individual needs of each student while still providing a whole group instruction environment. Our classes are multi-age, multi-ability, and our student population is highly mobile. We maintain an environment of group instruction with specialized differentiation. We make individual accommodations for any unique student needs.

The Pathfinder Program provides a caring environment strongly based upon building supportive relationships, offering alternatives, and searching for what each student needs to be successful, rather than placing students into pre-determined programming. We also offer GED services, and vocational assistance. Outside of the regular school day we provide specialized Life Skills training and drug and alcohol education. We begin working with students transition back into the community immediately upon arrival, and the transitional follow through is a strong contributor to success.

We believe in each and every student that comes through our program, and the power of education to reduce recidivism in the juvenile justice system is well documented. We continually strive to find new ways to meet the needs of each individual student so they can empower themselves to lead positive and constructive lives.

Randy Farmer