Our Program

General Overview of Program

The Pilot School has a deep commitment to children with learning differences. Each child is valued as an individual, and attention is given to that child’s unique academic, social, emotional, and physical needs. Students may experience difficulty with reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), attention deficit disorders (ADD, ADHD), and/or executive functioning among other diagnoses.

Individual programs are designed by conducting ongoing thorough observation and analysis of each student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. As programs are developed, careful attention is also given to the development of the total person. Science, social studies, art, music, life skills, swimming, and physical education support the core of instruction in the basic skills of reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, speaking skills, and listening skills. Music therapy, speech/language, occupational, and physical therapy are also provided to children who will benefit from any or all of these services.

Schedule

The staff and students begin the school year on the week after Labor Day in September. New students and their parents have an orientation meeting the day before all students return. Three half-days for students allow the teachers and administrators time to review plans, structure programs, and communicate diagnostics about the learning needs of the individual students. The school program continues through the end of June. In June, the academic goals and the groupings remain the same, but the schedule changes to a four-day week, with students dismissed at noon and Fridays off.

Instruction

The mission of The Pilot School is to help students eventually transition to an academic environment that is most appropriate. In order to achieve this goal, compensatory strategies are identified to support the individual student’s learning strengths and style as he/she learns how to learn. This type of instruction builds the skills our students will need to be strong, independent learners and critical thinkers with high self-esteem and self-advocacy. Teachers guide our students to develop these skills for learning by instructing each student at an appropriate instructional level, by proceeding at a rate of instruction that allows a student to solidify learning, and by having the flexibility to utilize an approach to instruction that capitalizes upon each student’s strengths.

At Pilot, there is no one standard curriculum. New research based programs are continually added to Pilot’s repertoire.