About the PRIDE Academy

The PRIDE (Pierpont Rapid Intellectual Disabilities Education) Academy provides life skills to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Student Requirements:

  • Potential students must be self-mobile. They must be able to communicate their needs appropriately. They must be able to take care of personal hygiene and medical needs independently during the school day.
  • The PRIDE Academy is a 1+1 program in which students can attend one year for life skills and return for a second year for additional vocational skills if deemed necessary.
  • Classes are Monday-Thursday, from September-May. Students attend classes 2 days per week from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • The PRIDE Academy is located at Pierpont’s Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV.

PRIDE Academy Open House Friday, February 2


Michelle Graham

Nancy Lipps

While students learn to navigate their surroundings in a safe and effective manner, they establish our place as valued members of their community.

As the largest component of the program, students will learn in the areas of self-care skills, including hygiene, cooking, cleaning, job training and personal responsibility.

Students focus on appropriate ways to express themselves and communicate their needs while enhancing problem solving skills and socialization.

Overcoming Challenges

Pierpont’s PRIDE Academy meets students where they are and encourages them to become the most autonomous version of themselves. Our hands-on approach gives students the opportunity to focus on their goals while encouraging students of all abilities to succeed!