Learning Services


The Learning Services faculty supports the entire Pike Community.  In addition to providing individualized support to students in each division, learning specialists frequently collaborate with individual teachers, teaching teams and parents. 

A learning specialist is present at each grade level meeting to monitor student performance and to provide teachers with strategies to support students who may not be progressing as expected in the classroom.  In addition, learning specialists work individually with teachers, advisors and families when additional interventions and/or assessments may be necessary.

If a student is referred for Learning Services, the teaching team will work with the family to determine what type of program will best meet the needs of the child.  Learning specialists may work with a student inside the classroom and/or outside the classroom.  All learning specialists collaborate with individual classroom teachers, parents, and teaching teams to meet the goal of improving classroom performance.  Typically, a student works with a learning specialist two to five times per week.  Parents pay additional fees for these individual support services.  

Our Vision
The Learning Services program at Pike seeks to promote the development of students who embrace their individual learning preferences and are recognized as independent learners. We aspire to empower students with a sense of respect for self, that they may become thriving members of their current and future communities.  Furthermore, we strive to be a valuable resource to all teachers, students and families in our community.

Our Mission
Learning Services supports students referred to our program, helping them identify their learning styles and develop skills and strategies to maximize their potential.  Learning Specialists collaborate with faculty and families to support the individual students in our learning community.
If you have any questions about Learning Services, please contact Denise Elliott, Director of Learning Services at delliott@pikeschool.org.

Featured Resources

To this page we will continue to add helpful resources for families and teachers, whether in the form of suggested book titles, magazine articles, or links to other Web sites.

  • The Brainology® program is a fun, award-winning program that helps upper elementary, middle school and high school students gain confidence and motivation to learn by teaching them about the brain, how to strengthen it, and how to apply brain-friendly study skills.  We help them cultivate a growth mindset, which leads to growth and learning-oriented behavior.
  • This website, "All Kinds of Minds," provides resources to help parents, educators, and clinicians understand why a child is struggling in school and how to help each child become a more successful learner. The Web site provides a free monthly newsletter, articles by Dr. Mel Levine and others, case studies, discussion groups, a LearningBase of strategies, and much more.
  • LD OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.
  • Learning Disabilities Worldwide
    Are you the parent of a child with LD? Dyslexia? ADHD? Do you have a student who finds learning difficult? Are you a professional who helps people lead healthy and successful lives? Are you an adult who struggles with learning disabilities? LDW is here to help and bring hope.
  • Summer Reading 2008:  The Pike faculty & staff summer reading list included a choice of titles, mainly autobiographies, that focused on different disabilities. In the fall, we met in small groups to summarize the books we read. Here is a list of the books and brief summaries:
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison   
Psychologist and Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Kay Jamison describes her adolescent and adult battles with manic depression. 

The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD by Robert Jergen   
Robert Jergen offers an intimate look at attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder through his experiences as a child and as an adult.

Rules by Cynthia Lord    
This Newbery Honor book is the story of Catherine, whose brother has autism, and her desire to have her family be “normal.”

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney   
The author of  Learning Outside the Lines recounts his cross-country trip visiting “different” students in an effort to expand the definition of “normal.”

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison    
The brother of Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors) details his difficult childhood and eventual diagnosis at age 40 with this autism spectrum disorder.

Passing for Normal: A Memoir of Compulsion by Amy Wilensky 
New York writer Amy Wilensky was diagnosed in college with Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She describes growing up with this neurological condition.
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Andover, Massachusetts

An independent, coed, day school for pre-kindergarten through ninth grade.

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