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Berkshire Foothills, Massachusetts


Join us in this global giving movement with a matched donation today!

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, a gift of $100,000 has been given to the school to match your donation. Each dollar you give today will provide $2 to the building of  the J.S. Bryant School! With your generosity, we can make this vision a reality. 

Help us raise $5,000,000 for this next important phase.


The school is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible. The J.S. Bryant School is incorporated in the state of Massachusetts with a seven-person board of directors. We plan to open our doors to students in the fall of 2025.

What is the J.S. Bryant School?


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

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The J.S. Bryant School, nestled on 300 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Berkshires,  will serve LGBTQ+ teens suffering from anxiety and depression. This school will provide a learning community that is affirming and supportive of identity development. Through academic excellence that emphasizes creative exploration, farming entrepreneurship, and climate innovation, students will graduate ready for college or the future workforce.

300 acres of protected forests and farmland that will house a net-zero campus rich in history and natural beauty.  

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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.


All GivingTuesday Donations will be matched up to $100,000. 

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