Program for IndividuaL Learners to Accelerate and Reach Success

The PILLARs program specializes in the creation of individualized academic support plans for students in grades K-12 who are challenged with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Students’ academic mastery benefits from a personalized combination of classroom, small group, and one-on one instruction. Students are taught through a multi-modality learning environment supplemented with strategies designed to meet their specific academic learning needs.


  • To provide appropriate academic support for students with mild to moderate learning difficulties to aid in the accomplishment of academic, social, emotional and spiritual goals.
    • “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • To provide scholastic opportunities for students to find their true uniqueness and identities “within God’s plan.”
    • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • To enhance ministry opportunities to the school by providing mentoring/tutoring and ‘inclusion’ program.
    • “But God has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:24-26
  • To fill a void within the Christian Education community by connecting and supporting families with loved ones with disabilities through education under one loving, supportive setting.
    • “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:14


Program Features

  • Provide a well-rounded education to those who learn differently
  • Support development of each student’s academic, spiritual, and social strengths and God-given gifts
  • Individualize education to assist students with mild to moderate learning difficulties in attaining their full potential
  • Use tailored, state-of-the-art multisensory teaching strategies, tools and supplemental support systems
  • Teach and coach students in life skills such as organization, time-management, preparation, and self-advocacy
  • Collaborate with families, teachers, parents, and special educators to create a culture of support to maximize successful learning
  • One-on-one and small group instruction provided to support successful integration into the general education program
  • Admissions requires screening process and an additional program fee

High school program overview
Junior High school program overview
Elementary school program overview



For application and enrollment steps and information see our PILLARS Admissions page.


Contact Information:

Natalie Ippolito, M.A.
PILLARS Program Coordinator
(619) 764-5200 ext. 5430

Marisa Bajenski, M.A.
PILLARS Elementary Teacher
(619) 764-5200