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The Pilot School

Private | 148 students

 

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2013:
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Posted February 5, 2014

The Pilot School truly creates individualized curriculum and instruction for my kids that has been absolutely essential and successful in helping my daughter finally learn to read. Her needs are extensive and unique, even in this specialized school, and they have diligently pursued every possible strategy and programming they felt might be useful. The Pilot School's staff create a milieu that translates into a powerful sense of safety and security for student's to take learning and other risks that they would never do otherwise. This school has been positively life altering in my children's and our whole family's life in a way we will never be able to fully express.
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Posted January 18, 2014

My daughter started at the Pilot School this September after 2 miserable years at a charter school. She use to say that she hated school and just wanted to go and get school over with, so she could be done. She use to refer to school as her "job." Now she asks to stay after school at the Pilot School. Her confidence, social skills and self esteem. Have grown exponentially in just a few months. Recently, she told me that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up and teach at the Pilot School. Before she would tell people she wants to be nothing. Her academic skills have improved wonderfully. She couldn't even spell her last name when she began at the Pilot School. Now she can not only spell her last name, but very complex words. She has achieved many other skills. The school communicates with me and I know what is going on. They truly care and want to see my daughter succeed. I am grateful to all the people who helped my daughter get to the pilot school in addition to the talented professionals who are educating her now. My daughter has a chance now and will succeed in life. Thank you!
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Posted July 7, 2013

Amazing program! The dedicated teachers and staff sincerely care about your child. My son will be starting his sixth year at Pilot School and has had wonderful invested teachers who truly want him to succeed and meet his goals as much as his father and I do.
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Posted November 23, 2011

I went to pilot school in 1973/74 till about 1976. i then went on to sanford. i do know this as fact, if i had not gone to school there, i shutter to think what would have happened to me, trying to live in the world of today, if i had not gone to school there. it will never ever be easy for any of us with lds but piolt will give you a fighting chance, to make it in this world. before i left piolt, the head of the school had a chat with me as they do to all who leave there. i was told that if i became a teacher, i had a job there. that in its self, made me strong and not freaked out as much, going in to a world, i did not know much about. thank you, piolt....thank you. a student from many,many years gone by. arw.class of 1976.


Posted November 20, 2008

We are half way through our first year at Pilot. My child is in the middle grades and just doing beautifully at the school. I wish we had moved her there sooner. Pilot is really a model of how all schools should be - small classes, devoted teachers and individual learning plans for every student based on their strengths and weaknesses.
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Posted February 12, 2006

Our daughter was fortunate because we were able to identify her learning differences when she was in kindergarten. She started Pilot in first grade, but unfortunately her confidence was already shaken. She is now 11 and performing beautifully in all academic areas. With every year we have seen tremendous growth in confidence and self-advocacy skills. Pilot teachers and administration know exactly what each child needs to reach his/her fullest potential, providing support while at the same time, gently pushing students to take chances. Our daughter is now a confident, assertive and committed learner. Pilot reaches in and brings out the best and then continues to build and expand on these strengths. The Pilot experience is unique.
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Posted October 28, 2004

Brilliant program that should be the model for all of our children's education, even if they have no specific learning chalenges! Our child started three years ago at Pilot in 2nd grade, having difficulty mastering reading, performing at a mid kindergarden level. She now reads at aa sixth grade level. Bravo to both our Child and Pilot.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 50%
Black 7% 32%
Asian or Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Special education
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  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:00 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Kathleen B. Craven
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CEC
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
  • NAPSEC
Fax number
  • (302) 478-1746

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  • Special eduction
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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
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  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming

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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Very active home and school association; volunteers are also welcomed and appreciated as homeroom parents and division representatives.
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  • A warm, nuturing, and holistic environment for bright children with learning differences, the goal for each child is to return to regular education after three to five years with intact basic foundation skills, the ability to be an independent learner, and age appropriate problem solving skills in place.
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100 Garden of Eden Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Phone: (302) 478-1740

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