Pace

Rating: 4.5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 2432 Greensburg Pike Pittsburgh PA 15221 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide special educational and therapeutic services that enable any child to thrive.  We teach children with Autism and emotional disorders to break through social and emotional barriers to school success.
Programs: The Emotional Support Program blends special education and mental health treatment across all aspects of the school day. It fosters life-changing improvements in academic achievement, school survival and life management skills with the goal of returning children to public school on track and ready to learn. The program offers: small class sizes, evidence-based instruction in reading, math and writing; Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Behavioral Health Treatment Plans developed with student and family; measurable strength-based goals and objectives for both plans; and interagency collaboration for continuity of care.
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Rating: 4 stars  

Pace School is committed to the cause of providing quality education to special needs children. Pace is redefining special needs learning while meeting the highly specialized educational needs of their students. In 2012, Pace embarked upon major educational technology improvements that placed interactive technology directly into the hands of teachers and students. Led by an innovative CEO, Karen Lamoureux, Pace School is working hard to make sure students receive the best education in an atmosphere best suited for their success. Please offer your support to this worthy cause.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering can make a difference in people's lives. I do volunteer work in Pace School, a special school for emotionally disturbed and autistic children. A competent, caring staff at Pace provides ongoing care and crisis intervention as needed. I have found that most of the time, most of the kids are perfectly pleasant, attentive, appreciative. When they are not, the staff takes over.

How do I fit in as a volunteer? One-on-one, I help kids understand their school work; as a class speaker, I tell them about my experiences and observations, about interesting bits of knowledge I have picked up in my 86 years of life. I try to treat them with patience, respect, understanding, honesty. The response of students and staff has been amazingly enthusiastic.

I am convinced that I am making a difference, and that makes me happy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enthusiasm of students and staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any important improvement. They are doing a difficult task very well.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Pace helps the whole family.... my son started at Pace for 3rd grade... after 3 years of public school... I was so use to having daily calls from public school about what negitive thing happened at school...At Pace they understand the "oh no what did my kid do now" feeling when a phone call comes home... the first half of the year I got phone calls of good things my son did. My son needed the healing "band aides" to suceed... and so did I. Now my son is looking foward to transitioning back to public school.. The "band aides" are not covering out bodies anymore.... now we just have really tiny scars...Pace helps the healing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son becoming a "typical" boy... able to a typical 11 year old...being able to play jokes on his big brother... able to tell me when "Mr Aspergers" is taking over and he needs help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I understand the hypa rules, however these kids come from many different school districts.... I want my son to have friends from school outside of school but because of the privacy laws the staff cannot help the families make connections out side of school. Maybe have a release form at the beginning of the school year (that can be revoked at anytime) for each classroom that the parents can sign so the teacher can release phone numbers or email addresses to classmate families only.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pace School does a tremendous job with an extremely difficult population to work with - children with autism and emotional/social problems. Every time I am in the building I am amazed at the dedicated and caring staff. I have talked first hand to parents and children whose lives have been changed for the better through their involvement with Pace School. By expanding to Butler and Moon, Pace School is now reaching more children and families in need. It is truly a place with all children can thrive!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met many children and their families who are students or former students at Pace School and I have heard and seen the impact the school has had on their lives. As a board member, I have experienced how Pace School always puts the children and its mission to provide educational and therapeutic services first when making governance decisions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If the resources were available, I would encourage Pace School to add grades 10 through 12 to its program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Was recruited by an emeritus board member.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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