Provident Charter School: Dedicated to Helping Children with Dyslexia


Provident Charter School: Dedicated to Helping Children with Dyslexia

If your child is struggling with their schoolwork, to learn to read, write or take notes or do math, he or she may have a common learning disorder known as dyslexia. Dyslexia is a language-based disability, where the brain processes language in an untraditional manner and is often characterized by difficulty with word recognition, spelling, and decoding.

Provident Charter School, Pennsylvania’s only school designed specifically for children struggling with dyslexia – and one of only a handful in the country – is hosting an open house Saturday, Oct. 8, 1400 Troy Hill, Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Provident Charter School Principal and CEO, Brett Marcoux, encourages parents of 3rd and 4th grade students (for the 2016-17 school year) to consider the school’s unique curriculum. “Children with dyslexia often struggle in silence, but our unique curriculum allows us to address their needs, enabling many children to thrive in a supportive, specialized environment,” he said.

According to recent studies, one in five children struggle with dyslexia. However, with enhanced instruction, children can overcome their dyslexic struggles and become very successful individuals.

The mission of the Provident Charter School “is to help children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences, access their potential by providing a high quality, well-rounded education which is delivered through multi-sensory instructional methods and individual learning plans.” Their goal is to have students move into high school prepared to succeed and confident in their own abilities.

At Provident Charter School, they 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

If your child is showing signs of dyslexia, such as taking a long time to read each word, is guessing how to pronounce a word, being stressed or embarrassed when asked to read aloud or your child’s teacher believes your child has dyslexia, Provident Charter School can help.

“Each student is individually assessed on a case-by-case basis. The school day is longer, but children are taught and helped throughout, with one hour a day focused specifically on building skills to become fluent readers. Our entire academic program is designed to help students who struggle to read and write so that they may find success,” Marcoux added.

Highlights include:

  • Small group instruction
  • Specialized, structured lessons
  • Opportunities for creativity, and
  • Caring educators who are specially trained in multi-sensory instruction.”

Provident Charter School is conveniently located on Troy Hill in the former North Catholic High School. It is publicly funded so there is NO TUITION required to attend and the local school district busses students to and from the school.

To learn more, visit and be sure to attend their Open House on October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call (412) 636-2014 to schedule a tour.