Student Success Team Program 
The Student Success Team (SST) Program at Pilgrim is an Early Education through 12th grade program that supports students with diverse learning and developmental needs within our general education, college preparatory program. The goal of the SST program is to support students in developing the skills necessary to be able to succeed independently in engaging in grade level curriculum. 

Is the Student Success Team Program right for my child?
When a student has been identified as having trouble accessing the general education curriculum they are referred to the SST program to determine the barriers to learning and to provide the support needed to be successful. 
The Director of the program will work with students, parents, and teachers to identify potential barriers to success for students and create an individualized plan of support for the student. 

School Based Support 
 Pilgrim does not currently provide intervention services for students with disabilities. Pilgrim will provide short term curriculum support through the following programs. If intervention services are needed to support a student’s growth, families will be referred to specialist as described below. 

Small Group Writing Support 
 In Kindergarten through Fifth grade, students in the SST program have the opportunity to participate in small group writing instruction twice weekly. During these small groups students will work on their grade level class assignments with additional support such as chunking, voice to text software, typing instruction, use of checklists, graphic organizers, regular check ins  and support brainstorming. 

Small Group Study Hall 
In 6th through 12th grade students in the SST program have the opportunity to participate in small group study hall with a learning support teacher. Instruction in these studyhalls revolves around development of executive functioning skills, organization, and planning. 

One on One Support 
Students in the SST program also have the opportunity for short term one on one support. This support can be across all subject areas and focus specifically on content, short term intervention, executive functioning skills, or other needs the student may have. Short term generally means 10 hours per student. 

Referrals for Outside Support
When a student enters school behind grade level or their performance shows that they would benefit from intervention support, families will be referred to outside learning support specialists, educational therapists, and tutors to provide regular intervention services at the expense of the family. Services may not be terminated without communication  with the school. The Director of Student Services works to streamline communication between tutors, support staff, teachers, and families to provide the most seamless support possible. 

The Learning Center
The Learning Center is currently closed due to Covid-19. 

The Learning Center is a supportive space on campus for students to work in small group support classes, one on one with tutors, small group and extended time testing, and to relax and work independently.
The Learning Center is open from 7:30-4:30 daily for student support. Students can drop in from 7:30-9:00 and 3:00-4:30 or set up an appointment with a learning support specialist. 

In School Accommodations 
Pilgrim school works to provide accommodations in alignment with suggestions from neuropsychological evaluations. Common school based accommodations include:

Extended time testing 
Small group testing 
Use of graphic organizers
Use of computer and voice to text software
Access to audiobooks
Oral Assessment 
Preferential seating 
Flexible seating 
Graphic Organizers
Think time
Frequent movement breaks 

Meet the Team:
Nora Kiely Director of Student Services 
Daryl Barry Learning Support Specialist
Christine Mai Learning Support Specialist


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of Pilgrim’s education and human development. At Pilgrim School, SEL helps our students acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others and establish and maintain supportive relationships and make responsible and caring decisions.  Our school counselor teaches a program called AMAZE which is a social emotional learning class that empowers children to co-create classrooms of equity and belonging where children feel valued, respected, and connected by engaging in intentional, regular discussions about identity, differences, and bias. This curriculum is grounded in anti-bias education theory and presents diversity through the lens of family. The K – 5 curriculum fosters social-emotional learning through the lens of anti-bias education. It covers a wide range of identities, family structures, and lived experiences, including race/ethnicity, immigration, religion, socioeconomics, disabilities, gay/lesbian/transgender family members, divorce/blended, aging, and adoption. AMAZE is held once a week with Kindergarten through 5th grade. 

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Nora Kiely

    Ms. Nora Kiely 

    Director of Student Services
  • Photo of Christine Mai

    Ms. Christine Mai 

    Learning Support Specialist
  • Photo of Daryl Barry

    Ms. Daryl Barry 

    Learning Support Specialist