Cultural Transformation, Economic Mobility & Education
Values & Goals
North Bennet Street School

For over 135 years, North Bennet Street School has provided vocational training as a path to self-sufficiency and a meaningful, productive life. Pauline Agassiz Shaw, the School’s founder, was a visionary educator and supporter of the "Sloyd" system of manual training. This Swedish method focuses on the development of character, intellectual capacity, and hand skills, which includes an understanding of tools, materials, and processes. Today, the philosophy of Sloyd remains at the heart of the North Bennet Street School.

The Wagner Foundation believes encouraging a great sense of care and a commitment to excellence is important. Ultimately, the North Bennet Street School seeks to teach the “whole person” how to make a living and how to lead a fuller life.

North Bennet Street School’s mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.