Approximately 1 in every 5 children struggles with a reading disability. Provident Charter School addresses the needs of this neglected population by incorporating multisensory instruction into our curriculum.
Hours of instruction through traditional school curriculum.
We provide 25% more instructional hours than the traditional school curriculum for explicit, individualized, remedial instruction.
Our Fundamental Beliefs
We believe that children with dyslexia flourish in a learning community where:
- the child’s success is the driver of every decision
- the challenges and gifts of dyslexia are deeply understood
- the uniqueness of each child is honored — strengths are built upon;
- weaknesses are strengthened; and potential is unleashed.
- the child’s academic, personal, and social development share equal priority.
- the partnership among teachers, parents and administration is a daily commitment
Provident Charter School is designed for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences to access their potential by providing a high-quality, well-rounded education that is delivered through multisensory instructional methods and individual learning plans. Our students move into high school prepared to succeed and confident in their abilities.
About Provident Charter School
As a publicly-funded charter school, our services and expertise are provided free of charge.
Provident Charter School’s inaugural school year took place in the fall of 2016 when doors opened for students in Grades 3 and 4. After a successful first year, Provident Charter School opened its doors for year two with students in Grades 3, 4, and 5. Provident Charter School continued to expand until 2021 when we reached our mission of servicing students with reading disabilities in Grades 2 through 8.
In the fall of 1999, a group of people met at the conference sponsored by the Pittsburgh Regional Group of the Pennsylvanian Branch–International Association Dyslexia Association. We had all been touched by dyslexia in our families. We had all watched our children struggle with learning to read. We knew the type of instructional, emotional support and grit that kids need to overcome dyslexia.
As we said that day … “although our kids are fine – many in college and beyond – we know we are blessed. We found the resources our kids needed in private schools with private tutors. Not all children in Pittsburgh are blessed with finding these resources – but they should be.” As we said that day … “this should not be so difficult…it should not be so expensive.”
Overcoming dyslexia takes grit and tenacity. Opening this school took grit and tenacity.
Following is a timeline that highlights of our journey:
Our school is located within Troy Hill, a neighborhood within Pittsburgh’s North Side overlooking the Allegheny River and Polish Hill. The neighborhood includes a main street, independent businesses, and community parks and gardens all within one square mile. Check out NEXTpittsburgh’s article Things to do in Troy Hill.