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What is the J.S. Bryant School?

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The first therapeutic gender-affirming high school for  LGBTQ+ teens

This 1870 historic inn will be  the initial home for the J.S. Bryant School as the Learning and Wellness space when it opens Fall 2025 as a day school for 36 students. Spaces for learning, wellness, the arts, and eating will be housed in this 5,300 sq ft building on 5 acres of land adjacent to a river and wildlife management area. 

For the first 2 years, the inn will be the primary location for learning and wellness with all students shuttled to the 300- acre farm for field studies and afternoon school-wide farming arts. Once the new construction of buildings takes place at the farm, the primary location for the school will be at the farm. Then, the inn will become a “transition house” for 19-24 year old students for workforce development and/or additional college-readiness experience. 

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A First of its Kind

Currently, there are no therapeutic day or boarding schools in the country that focus on this population of students with a full staff trained to specifically support and/or have lived-experiences in gender-affirming living and learning.
 

With Massachusetts and New York reporting the greatest numbers of teens that identify as LGBTQ+, the location of the school can serve a deep need. In addition, there are no residential high schools that combine the arts, farming entrepreneurship, and climate innovation to support learning excellence. J. S. Bryant students will have the opportunity each day to learn with an integrative curriculum of immersive full-day coursework that is project-based and hands-on, surrounded by farming, art studios, and a deep focus on sustainability and climate innovation. The school curriculum will meet the state and local education standards for high school graduation.

A special message from Dallas Ducar,
CEO of Transhealth, Northampton, MA

Get Involved

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Together we can make this dream a reality. To renovate our learning and wellness center, and to build a residential 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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