Our Mission

Unlock the Potential. The Pilot School's mission is to uncover the unique educational challenges of each student and to give each child the specific developmental tools, guidance, and attention needed to learn, achieve, and ultimately to feel comfortable and be successful in the academic environment that is most appropriate.

The Pilot School Experience

Pilot's Belief Statements - Unlock The Potential

  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
  • Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.
  • Curriculum and instructional practices should incorporate learning activities to accommodate differences in learning styles.
  • A small group setting is fundamental in meeting our students’ learning needs.
  • Students’ self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and staff.
  • Students who participate in service-oriented activities within the school and world community develop a greater sense of compassion for others and a better understanding of their roles in society.
  • Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Students benefit from the understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Appropriate placement, upon transition from The Pilot School, is an important factor in our students’ continuing educational experiences.
  • A collaborative community of home and school fosters a safe, supportive environment where children can thrive.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our school is going to enable students to become confident and independent lifelong learners.

The Pilot School Difference: Learning How To Learn

Just as every human being is unique, so are the programs designed for intellectually capable children who need an individualized, therapeutic learning environment to build basic academic skills, independence, and age appropriate problem solving skills.

In 1957, the Pilot School began as an educational experiment. A class of five young boys and two teachers met in two rooms at the Christ Church Sunday School in Greenville, Delaware. They started with an innovative program that proved to be so successful that teachers and parents recognized this "pilot" program must become an established, ongoing school. Pilot has grown into a teacher-designed facility with 50 staff members educating approximately 160 students yearly, ages 4-14 years.