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An LGBTQ private school could be coming to New Haven soon

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An effort to create a private school in Connecticut for LGBTQ students has gained more traction. It would be the fourth of its kind in the country.

PROUD Academy, which stands for Proudly Respecting Our Unique Differences, was originally pitched as a state-supported charter school.

After incorporating about a year ago, the plan is now to be supported by donors. PROUD Academy Inc. has applied for nonprofit status.

Founder Patty Nicolari, a former principal and educator in Ansonia, said it's her hope that the majority of students will have their tuition covered.

Board members say the goal is to provide a safe space for youth who don’t feel accepted at home or at school.

They hope to open in September 2023 with about 120 students at a location most-likely in New Haven.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.