Permanently Closed – Effective December 15, 2023

Statement from our Board of Directors: After 47 years of serving students in our community, it is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Pygmalion School, effective December 15, 2023.  Although this is a very difficult decision, after careful consideration of multiple factors, People Places’ Board of Directors feels that it is in the best interest of our students and the agency to end this program.  The combination of COVID, staffing challenges, facility changes, and a lower than expected census have created insurmountable barriers to continuing to operate Pygmalion School.   We are grateful to the Pygmalion staff for their dedication to our students and to our school.  We will be working closely with staff, referral sources, and families to ensure a successful transition.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we move through this process.

Pygmalion School

A private special education day school was founded in 1976 as an essential support to People Places treatment foster care program in Staunton, VA. When the Handicapped Children Act of 1975 was signed into federal law, many public school divisions refused children with significant learning needs, citing behaviors that were severe or that interfered with their learning in a public school setting and thus warranted an outside placement. To fill this need, Pygmalion School was created and, for almost 50 years, continued to serve children identified as having developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, emotional disabilities, specific learning disabilities, or other health impairments with the goal of integrating back into a less restrictive, public school setting.

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