At Pilot, each program is designed with the child at its center. Recognizing that no two brains are alike, we believe that no two schedules should be either. We use extensive diagnostic testing and observation in our considerations of a child's strengths and weaknesses. Students are specifically grouped for math, reading, and skills classes as well as any specific therapies indicated by the child's learning profile. We start with all relevant outside testing provided to us from families (e.g., psychoeducational evaluations, speech and language evaluations, occupational therapy evaluations, neurological testing) and build an initial profile based on the findings provided there. We then screen all of our students here at Pilot for speech and language, occupational, and physical therapies. We also perform baseline assessments in math and reading from which we monitor progress for the duration of the year. Finally, we consider teacher observations as we build teams of students that are best matched for optimal learning.
Once the program is built, we set goals and monitor progress through both formal, norm-referenced micro-assessments and informal, qualitative observations from our expert faculty. The learning profile of the child, the program itself, the goals for the year, and progress toward those goals are clearly articulated and communicated to families via the student's learning plan. The goal is to leverage strengths, remediate weaknesses, and provide an education that intellectually challenges students. In this way, we build an individualized path that starts from where a student is now, takes them where they want to go, and offers a trajectory beyond.