What is the profile of a Provident Charter School student?
Provident is designed to serve children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Please visit our About Dyslexia page to learn about the symptoms of dyslexia and the skills that can be affected by dyslexia. The Faculty and Staff are professionally trained to help children who have dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.
What does it mean to have a learning disability?
A learning disability is simply a term used when a child or an adult’s brain processes information differently. As a result of the differences in processing, people with a learning disability may struggle to learn through traditional teaching methods. Their struggles are not a reflection on their intelligence-level or their ability to learn. People with a learning disability simply require to learn in a method more suited to the way their brains process information. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, meaning that the brain processes language in a non-traditional manner.
What are the signs that my child may need a different approach to learning?
Dyslexia can vary in severity and symptoms may look different from child to child. On our About Dyslexia page, we review common tasks and skills a child with dyslexia may struggle with.
How do I find out if my child has a learning disability?
To discover if your child struggles with dyslexia, they will need to be tested by a professional who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of language-based learning disabilities. Your current school district can provide educational testing that will identify specific learning disabilities. However, sometimes this process may take months to arrange and receive. Our Enrollment Office can also provide you with referrals to appropriate professionals. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need assistance in the testing process.
Will my child grow out of their learning disabilities?
No, your child will not grow out of their learning disabilities. However, with the right tools, like instruction with a multi-sensory approach and a parent or guardian like yourself, children can become successful. In fact, many people with dyslexia go on to be highly successful individuals. At Provident Charter School, we teach children strategies that they can use to overcome, minimize, or bypass their learning disability. Without this specialized instruction, children will not pick up these strategies on their own; if they could, they would have already developed them to manage their struggles.
Can I get help through my public school?
Several federal laws protect your child’s right to a free public education. As a result, your school district has procedures to provide educational testing and to create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if needed to address a learning disability. However, it is your responsibility as the parent or guardian to request testing, to make sure that the IEP is followed, and to make critical decisions as you advocate for your child to receive an appropriate education.
Some parents discover the remediation steps included in the IEP do not fully address their child’s learning needs. As a result, they investigate how other programs, such as Provident Charter School, can offer their child a different approach to learning. Contact our Enrollment Director if you are interested in exploring options for your child’s education.
What is the staff-to-child ratio?
Provident Charter School maintains intimate classroom environments where students can receive any additional assistance that they require. On average, there is 1 staff member for every 6 students (1:6).
What are your class sizes?
Each grade level will have a maximum of 48 students divided between 2 sections. With 4 teachers per section, there is 1 teacher for every 6 students. Our student-to-teacher ratio allows for each student to get the individualized attention they need.
Do I have to live within the city of Pittsburgh limits in order for my child to attend Provident Charter School?
No, you do not need to live within the city limits. As a charter school, we accept children from all over the Greater Pittsburgh area. In the event Provident Charter School needs to conduct a lottery, children who are residents of the City of Pittsburgh receive first preference.
How can I get my child into Provident Charter School?
Please visit our How To Apply page to learn about our pre-enrollment process for the school.
Do you have immediate openings for enrollment?
Currently we are accepting only students entering 3rd and 4th grade for the 2016-2017 school year. To learn more about how to apply, visit our How to Apply page. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone at the school, please don’t hesitate to contact our Director of Enrollment.
Do you provide transportation to and from the Provident Charter School?
In most cases, bus transportation is provided by the sending school districts (the school district in which you live). You must live within a 10-mile radius of the school, and within a bussing school district to receive transportation from your resident school district.