Pivot’s approach to working with students is to “meet them where they are,” and that is a VERY different place from one young person to the next. Pivot wants students to learn, have the knowledge and skills to promote to the next grade level, and ultimately graduate with a high school diploma. How a student gets there should be as different as the student themselves. That is why our teachers TRULY try to get to know their students well. We never want to be trying to put a square peg in a round hole. In other words, we can not treat every student the same, because they are not the same.
Some students need more help. Some need some motivation. Some need to be told they actually CAN learn (and then shown they can). Some students need to be recognized for their many talents in one area over another. Some just need a teacher to recognize that they have faced many challenges in their short lives before they expect the student to tackle a class.
Of course, we are a school. Our purpose for existing is to help you get that diploma or promote to the next grade level. We are not your parents. We are not your buddies. We are a staff of caring adults who chose education as a career because we felt we could make a difference in your lives. We are at Pivot because it is “funky” and different and allows us to work very closely with you to help you be successful when maybe you thought you couldn’t. Or simply to help you reach some super cool goals like going to college early or getting a certificate in welding. We will do everything we can to figure out your strengths and areas for growth and we will help build you up and help you grow. And, as much as you may not like to hear it, we will hold you accountable. We will do whatever we can to make sure you do not let yourself down by giving up on your goals or on school. We will not allow you to continue to make excuses.
School is school. Algebra is Algebra. We will not sugar coat it for you and say our Algebra is easier. It is just Algebra no matter where you take it. You will have to pass it to get a high school diploma. And you will have to do the work to pass it. If you think you are not fond of school, just think of it as a necessary undertaking. One that we KNOW you can achieve.