Pace School 2021


From those seeds, Pace School has grown into a state licensed Approved Private School and Partial Hospitalization Program serving more than 140 children each year from school districts through Allegheny and surrounding counties.

Every parent wants his or her child to have a bright and productive future. Sometimes, children experience emotional, behavioral, or social challenges that parents fear may push that goal out of reach, leaving their child behind academically and left out socially.


At Pace School, we believe in partnering with the child, family, school district and behavioral/mental health providers to develop an individualized program for every student. It is our mission to provide educational and therapeutic supports that enable any child to thrive.

All Pace School programs and our highly trained staff embrace this bold mission statement and use curriculum, strategies and practices proven to achieve the best results in helping children in grades K – 12 to break through barriers and achieve success.


Through blended academic, social emotional learning and individualized planning driven by the students IEP, we believe all students can acquire the skills necessary to lead safe, productive and integrated lives.

Pace School is one of only 33 Approved Private Schools (APS) licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide a free appropriate special education program for students in grades K-12. Costs for school age students placed at Pace are shared between the school district of residence and the Commonwealth.


Pace School is licensed to serve students eligible for special education services with a (n):

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Students at Pace often have at least one mental health diagnosis.  Pace integrates a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, into the school program for students who would benefit from this intensive level of mental health and psychiatric support.

As an early leader in bringing trauma-informed care into school-based setting, we make it our goal to maintain a safe environment where students learn. Our model helps to prevent failure for children and assures success in learning by scaffolding supports and building positive relationships. At Pace, We Believe Kids Can and developing a growth mindset helps our students believe they CAN!

For more information contact us at or call 412-244-1900.