Our Primary Program department consists of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children, welcoming students as early as three years old. We are housed on campus in the Janet Simon Building, specifically designed in 2003 to meet the needs of our youngest learners.
The curriculum in the Primary Program focuses on a series of steppingstones helping to foster school readiness, while promoting increased independence and socialization skills. Our unique, nurturing program offers creative and individualized educational programming for all students.
Recognizing that each child has their own path to educational success, most of our enrolled students advance into the Middle Program at WPSBC. We also provide support to students and families who may transition into other community schools. Regardless of the transition, families can be confident that the Primary Program supports every student along their journey toward a lifetime of learning.
Children in the Primary Program form unique peer connections through our blended childcare program. Children attending A Child's VIEW (Vision in Extraordinary Ways) — our on-site, inclusive childcare program — are partnered with students in the preschool program for specifically designed lessons as well as extracurricular special events. These opportunities offer mutually beneficial experiences where children can learn from one another. Peers especially enjoy learning together in our one-of-a-kind Children’s Garden, which is as an outdoor classroom created to accommodate active learning and exploration. A tactile maze, song bench, fragrance plot and other unique features allow children to learn and play in a natural, safe environment. We are proud to offer unique and specialized opportunities that are fully inclusive while honoring the diverse and unique needs of each child.
Meet the Principal
My name is Lisa Reale, and it is my great pleasure to serve as the Principal of the Primary Program. Fifteen years ago, I began my career here at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children as a Speech Language Pathologist. In my time here, I have worked alongside tremendous educators and related service providers to provide a quality educational experience. Now, as Principal, it is my privilege and honor to support every child, family and staff person connected to our program. We take great pride in the educational practices provided here at WPSBC, and all that our students learn and achieve.
Please reach out to me directly with any questions, concerns or for more information on our Program here at WPSBC at 412-621-0100 ext. 272 or email: [email protected].