A pilot program is a school program that serves as a tentative model for future development. Although some community members may think of it as haphazard experimentation, a pilot program actually is a carefully designed effort at school improvement. It is developed after an initial period of study and planning by a school-improvement team. The pilot program is installed for a predetermined period. Then the effort is evaluated and refined before moving into full implementation.
When considering the change to a multiage program, a school may choose to implement a multiage pilot program. This plan allows the school to begin multiage practice on a smaller scale, perhaps in one or two classrooms. It also provides an opportunity for school staff, parents, and community members to learn more about multiage practice and to see the educational benefits over a period of time. As such, a multiage pilot program can garner the interest and support of the entire school community.