The Pilot School

  • Founded in 1957, The Pilot School is an independent therapeutic day school for children ages five through fourteen with normal intellectual potential who experience language based learning differences.
  • The program is individualized for each student, whole child centered, and taught in small groups utilizing diagnostic/prescriptive teaching.
  • The student to teacher ratio is 5:1. Strengths are challenged and utilized every day.
  • Emphasis on the mastery of foundation skills including auditory and visual perceptual, motor, listening, speaking, and social skills, supports growth in reading, mathematics, spelling, thinking, reasoning, and written expression.
  • The goal is to return students to regular education as independent, active learners who are able to perform successfully at their chronological grade level.
  • Three to five years is the approximate length of time students are enrolled.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Council for Exceptional Children
National Association of Private Special Education Centers
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Language-Based
Year Founded1957
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students150 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 18%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Optional uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$29,400
Tuition NotesTuition includes all in-school therapies.

Sports

Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsIntramural Sports OnlyIntramural Sports Only

School Notes

  • On site therapeutic support includes physical, occupational, speech, language, and music therapies, a therapeutic art program, adaptive physical education, a nurse, counselor, and school psychologist. Science, social studies, swimming, physical education, library, and technology round out each child's program.
  • A variety of both specialized and regular education programs are available in order to meet each child's individual learning strengths and challenges.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Wilmington
    Centerville Layton School
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    Special Education School
    Grades: PK-12 | 102 students
    3.7 miles
    6201 Kennett Pike
    Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302)571-0230
    3.7 PK-12
    102
  • Newark
    The College School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 2-8 | 35 students
    13.7 miles
    459 Wyoming Road
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302)831-0222
    13.7 2-8
    35
  • Havertown
    Child Guidance Elementary Ed
    Child Guidance Elementary Ed Photo - Our gym
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-8 | 14 students
    16 miles
    2000 Old West Chester Pike
    Havertown, PA 19083
    (484)454-8804
    16 1-8
    14
  • Bear
    Grades: PK-12 | 1117 students
    17.6 miles
    2801 Del Laws Rd
    Bear, DE 19701
    (302)834-8938
    17.6 PK-12
    1117
  • Bear
    Grades: NS-12 | 225 students
    16.5 miles
    1390 Red Lion Road
    Bear, DE 19701
    (302)738-3337
    16.5 NS-12
    225

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