Pygmalion School is a private
special education day school.

Pygmalion is authorized by the Virginia Board of Education to serve children (from surrounding, public schools) identified as having an emotional disability, a specific learning disability, an intellectual disability, or other health impairments.

History of the School

Pygmalion 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.
Today, public school systems in the surrounding area refer students to Pygmalion School, although these students generally do not reside in therapeutic foster homes. Pygmalion School continues to provide an alternative educational placement for students who need more intensive and personalized instruction. Our goal is for students to come to Pygmalion to learn the skills necessary to integrate back into a lesser restrictive, public school setting, and to collaborate with the public schools to ease the transition back to that environment.

Philosophy of the School

Pygmalion School believes that all students can learn and will be continually given opportunities to learn and develop new skills. The school operates under the trauma-informed, behavior analytic approach in all instructional delivery and behavior intervention strategies. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based teaching methodology, used to teach socially significant behaviors, such as communication, social interaction, social/emotional learning, self-management, self-regulation, core academics, life skills, community skills, and leisure skills. Pygmalion provides a high staff to student ratio to provide the level of support needed to achieve the above goals. Staff are trained to respond to students in a supportive, trauma-informed environment to provide safety and structure to encourage learning.
Pygmalion School believes in the use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP’s) and the use of data collection to make data-based decision making in regard to student progress. The overall goal of Pygmalion School is to assist students in reducing the barriers they face to accessing a lesser restrictive learning environment and to increase their overall quality of life as a result of the instruction they receive at Pygmalion.

Educational Objectives and Goals

The goal of Pygmalion School is to use Evidence-Based Practices (EBP’s) and the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach socially significant behaviors that will allow our students to access a higher quality of life and services in their community and to access a lesser restrictive educational environment, in the form of a transition back to their home public school settings. We focus on the use of ABA to teach adaptive skills that will reduce problem behaviors, as well as academic achievement. These skills include communication, social interaction, social-emotional learning, self-management, core academics, life skills, community skills, and leisure skills. To achieve this goal, the following factors are emphasized in our program:
  1. Collaboration with families, local school divisions, and related service providers to ensure we are all working toward a common goal for the student.
  2. Focusing on the use of ABA and EBP’s to ensure our students are being provided with a quality education.
  3. The use of systematic data collection to make decisions about student progress and programming.
  4. Designing and implementing individualized student programming in the form of Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA’s), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP’s), as needed.
Education program and services will be designed to meet the individual needs of our students and will not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, religion, color, ethnicity, language spoken, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, immigration status, refugee status, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity or exceptionalities.

School Information & Resources

We follow the Augusta County Schools Calendar. School calendar updates are subject to change due to COVID-19, and families will be updated accordingly.

 

Pygmalion Technology Privacy Statement

At Pygmalion we recognize the importance of protecting the privacy and security of every student’s personal information. We provide this Privacy Statement to help you understand what we may do with any personal information that we obtain.
Pygmalion will collect and securely store students’ names, IDs, and email addresses to provide access to electronic educational resources and as a means of individually identifying educational progress. Pygmalion will never sell or trade personally-identifiable information you provide to us through this website to any other school, organization, or business unless we first obtain your consent to share the information, or we are sharing such information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other legal process.
Pygmalion school has the ability to remotely access a student’s account to view the associated content. Pygmalion reserves the right to search a student’s content when necessary to determine whether the student has violated the law or Pygmalion rules. Any and all network use may be monitored by Pygmalion technology department staff.
Pygmalion technology staff utilize software applications to troubleshoot issues:
  • G Suite permits the Pygmalion Technology Department to remotely access a student’s account and associated content and to carry out the appropriate steps to repair and/or restore data. 
  • Google Remote Desktop permits the Pygmalion Technology Department to remotely access student computers to troubleshoot issues and install/maintain software.
  • Cisco Meraki is used to manage mobile devices, such as iPads, allowing the technology department to control installed Apps, settings, and track the device’s location.
Pygmalion laptops and tablets come equipped with a built-in microphone and camera that are used by students and teachers for a variety of educational activities. These devices cannot be deactivated or removed from the computer. Pygmalion restricts the use of web cameras and microphones to educational and/or troubleshooting purposes only. Pygmalion does not use these devices to view, or listen, to students under any circumstances.
Pygmalion utilizes several computer software applications and web-based services, operated not by this school, but by third parties. In order for our students to use these programs and services, certain personally identifying information, generally consisting of the student’s name and school email address, must be provided to the website operator.  Under a federal law entitled Children’s Onlin​​e Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), these websites must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information.  For more information on COPPA, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
Each website is bound by COPPA to maintain the confidentiality of the information collected. They are also required to post a privacy policy describing their practices. A full list of the ​websites in use, as well as links to their respective privacy policies​,​ may be found in our List of Classroom Technology Used and Information Collected.
COPPA permits ​a school​ to consent to the collection of this information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to each individual website.
The COPPA Parental Consent Form was included in ​your Pygmalion Student Handbook​. This form, when completed on file with the school, will constitute consent for ​a ​student ​to make use of the ​website​s listed below, as well as for Pygmalion to provide ​the student’s ​personally identifying information​​ to the ​websites​ operators.
Website Information Collected
Central Reach Teacher login, Student contact information
GSuite/Google Classroom Student login, Name, Classwork
Microsoft Azure Student login, Name
Equals Math Student login
Reading Mastery Student login
IXL Student login
Star Fall Teacher login
ABC Mouse Teacher login
News 2 You Teacher login
Brain Pop Teacher login
SeeSaw Student and parent contact info, Teacher login

About the Director

Dr. Kitti Robinson, EdD, BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Katherine (Kitti) Robinson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level (BCBA-D), Licensed Behavior Analyst, (LBA), and licensed Special Education Teacher. She received her Master’s in Teaching and Learning and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 2010 she completed her coursework for BCBA certification from Florida Institute of Technology and her Doctorate in Educational Psychology in 2018 from West Virginia University.
Since 2006, Dr. Robinson has worked in various settings, including private day schools, public schools, and in-home therapy settings. Providing staff training, parent training, and serving on multidisciplinary assessment teams, Dr. Robinson has a breadth of knowledge in the field of special education. She was a member of the Virginia Department of Education’s Aspiring Special Education Leadership Academy, cohort 12, where she was nominated and selected as one of 20 special educators across the Commonwealth to participate in this year-long, intensive professional development, sponsored by the VDOE and the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education for the state of Virginia. Dr. Robinson has served as adjunct faculty at James Madison University and currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Capella University’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. Dr. Robinson also stays connected to her community through various community service and professional organizations including Virginia Autism Council, and previously serving as Secretary of the Board of A Global Voice for Autism, and has traveled and worked internationally training teachers and families of children with disabilities, in refugee communities and countries where no services are available. Prior to joining the team at Pygmalion School, Dr. Robinson served as a Behavior Analyst for a local, Shenandoah Valley, public school division at the central office level, providing teacher training and ongoing coaching support around the use of Evidence-Based Practices in classrooms, and assisting special education leaders in the division with organizational behavior management plans and program development for the divisions specialized programs.

Connect With The Pygmalion School

1104 N. Augusta St. Staunton, VA 24401

Phone: (540) 886-2777 | Email: pygmalion@peopleplaces.org