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Our Story

We are developing the J.S. Bryant School, a therapeutic high school that will energize LGBTQ+ students’ curiosity and learning passion through creative exploration, farming entrepreneurship, and climate innovation, emphasizing learning excellence.

As a therapeutic high school nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, educators, clinicians, farming professionals and artists will nurture and grow students’ personal power and wellness in a gender-affirming environment. Students will graduate ready for college or take on a job in the arts, farming, or climate innovation. We will open Fall 2025 as a therapeutic day school, and in years to come will add a therapeutic boarding program.


Our Mission

1. To support LGBTQ+ students' curiosity and passion in a therapeutic high school with learning excellence in arts exploration, farming entrepreneurship,
& climate 

Meet our Founders

The founders, Dr. Allison Druin and Dr. Ben Bederson, are life-long educators and innovators with a commitment to experiential learning and listening to the voices of young people. They are lovers of craft, creativity, and the healing properties of outdoor education and life. They are also the parents of a high school student who has walked this journey and now attends a therapeutic boarding school. As they sought a supportive environment for their child, they learned what was and wasn’t available. Coupled with their history of living in the Berkshires, they have been inspired by their family journey to create a much-needed learning community in the northeast.

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Learn More

Want to learn more about J.S. Bryant?
Visit our FAQ or Our Story to learn more about the great history and future of this land and school.

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We need your help to make this dream a reality. To build a new campus, resources are needed for design and  construction. Please consider supporting the school today through our donation button below. Thank you.


J.S. Bryant is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
Your donations are tax-deductible. 

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