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Pathfinder Achievement Center
221 South Ninth Street
Garland, TX 75040-6210

Phone: 972-494-8520
Fax: 972-494-8629
Email: a135@garlandisd.net

Enrollment: 45+

School hours

7:15 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.


Lacey Ajibola

Ratings & reports

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Pathfinder Achievement Center mission

"We build relationships"

At PAC, we fully embrace the tenets of The Circle of Courage and the Re-Education Principals. "The Circle" philosophy derives from many tribal and aboriginal cultures in which children are treated with revered respect and thought of as a tremendous worth to the family, tribe, and world.

In Troubled Children and Youth, the authors point out the word 'child' ('cinca' or 'chinca') means "sacred being" in the Lakota language. Our daily charge is to ensure we are demonstrating such reverence for our students.

What do we do?

  • We build relationships.

"Treating and accepting others (students, educators, etc.) with kinship is a powerful social value that transforms human relationships" (Brendtro, Brokenleg, & Bocken, 1990, p. 47).

"Living with and loving other human beings who return that love is the most strengthening and salubrious emotional experience in the world."

-Dr. Karl Menninger

  • We help at-risk children.

"We look upon children in need not as problems but as individuals with potential."

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • We revere our students.

"A child is God’s opinion that the world should go on."

-Carl Sandburg

“…there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”

-President Ronald Reagan

  • We teach for transfer.

"Transfer is not an incentive or even a goal; it’s a mandate, both legally and morally." (Brendtro & Shahbazian, 2004, p. 145)

"A positive environment (unconditional space) is never a privilege, but always a need." (Smart, 2012)

  • We teach for mastery.

"The first lesson in traditional Native American culture was to carefully observe those with more experience in order to learn from them. The child was taught to see someone with greater skill or wisdom as an esteemed model for learning, not as a rival." (Brendtro & Shahbazian, p.9)