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.

The School’s intensive, hands-on training helps students from around the world to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. We encourage individual growth and curiosity, along with technical mastery and a commitment to excellence.


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. It also encourages a great sense of care and a commitment to excellence. Ultimately, the method seeks to teach the “whole person” how to make a living and how to lead a fuller life. Today, the philosophy of Sloyd remains at the heart of the School. View a timeline of our history to learn more about how our School developed over 140-plus years.


We offer both Career Training programs, for those seeking intensive, career-oriented study, and Community Education classes, for those eager to learn a new skill or perfect an existing practice. We also partner with other institutions to teach traditional trades to young adults.

We’ve used the same teaching approach for more than a century, but our course design is always evolving. We shape our course content around the recommendations of our students, graduates, employers, and artisans. Our goal is to prepare you for a successful career, where you’ll use hand skills to build objects that last.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

In keeping with our mission and history, and as leaders in craft education, we at NBSS dedicate ourselves to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity within our school, and throughout the areas we serve.  

We are committed to cultivating a School community where individual differences are expected, supported, respected, and valued. We embrace our obligation to improve our institution’s culture, strengthen our partnerships, and positively impact the future of the industries for which we train. 

Learn more about our ongoing DEI efforts and initiatives.


North Bennet Street School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a recognized institutional accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Per Title IX requirements, North Bennet Street School admits students without regard for religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, color, age, disability, sexual preference, national and ethnic origin, military or veteran status to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity and expression, race, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and other School-administered programs.

Learn more about other details of Title IX here, including overview, contact information for our Title IX Coordinator and Deputy, and materials used to train these Title IX personnel at the School.