The Jerusalem School of Bethlehem opened its doors to the youth of Palestine in 1997. Based out of a small house in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, J.S.B.’s co-founders Miss Grace Abu Mohor and Mr. Ross Byars, welcomed 45 students in its first year. By the fall of 1998, the student population doubled to over 100 children. With every year that followed, the school grew in both size and reputation. Despite the struggles resulting from the Intifada and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, J.S.B. continued to welcome students and families. Regardless of limitations, J.S.B. flourished due to the focus on quality education with a foundation based on faith.
Today, the Jerusalem School of Bethlehem has been blessed with two buildings in the town of Beit Jala. The main campus houses preschool through 6th grade while the 7th through 12th grade study at a neighboring building. The school currently enrolls over 500 students; Over 120 of whom are high school and junior high students. In addition, JSB employs a faculty of approximately 40 adults from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.