Behavior: Getting that DeSisto Glow

Disturbed kids are straightened out at a Stockbridge school

To the casual visitor, it looks like a typical boarding school for the overprivileged—300 acres in Stockbridge, Mass., a mansion, dorms, art studios, a gym, music rehearsal rooms and a barn, and 150 teen-agers so bright-faced and chipper that local residents say they can identify them by the "DeSisto glow."

In fact, DeSisto at Stockbridge is a haven for the walking wounded. Some of the students have been beaten and abused much of their lives. At least half of them were drug users by age twelve....

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