Pioneer School - 1963
The Pioneer Education Center, shown here in September 1963, is located at 775 Dunster Street. Built in 1958 at a cost of $850,000 and dedicated in May 1960, the one-story building serves students from the Pittsburgh Public School District as well as other districts. The school includes wide corridors and doorways to permit the use of wheelchairs and is equipped with the latest materials for educating and training boys and girls ages five through twenty-one with multiple disabilities. There is also an on-site therapy department, allowing pupils to attend regular classes without absence while receiving therapy within the same premises.
The curriculum consists of an intensive program driven by the students' Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the following areas: cognitive, augmentative communications, speech & language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing, vision, art, music, adapted physical education, pre-vocational workshop, CBI (Community-Based Instruction) and ADL (Activities of Daily Living). The Pioneer Education Center is one of the gems of the Pittsburgh Public School system.
In 2000, the Pioneer School building was expanded and renovated. A new addition was built to house the South Brook Middle School. Pioneer School continues to operate in one half of the complex and the Middle School occupies the other half.
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