Frequently Asked Questions
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 for the 2023-24 school year?
Applications are being accepted for the 2023-24 school year. 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.
What are the school day hours?
The school hours for the 2023-2024 school year are 8:05-3:30.
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 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 of their intelligence level or their ability to learn. People with a learning disability are simply required 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.
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 multisensory approach and a parent or guardian like yourself, children can become successful. 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 free public education. As a result, your school district has procedures to provide educational testing and 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 are your class sizes?
In our Elementary School, our student-to-teacher ratio is 6-to-1 with 2 teachers per classroom. Our Middle School students are placed into different student-to-teacher ratios to ensure the transition from PCS to their home district is successful.
Do I have to live within the city of Pittsburgh limits 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.
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 busing school district to receive transportation from your resident school district.