John Dewey Academy

Tel: (413)528-9800
Grades: 10-12 | 17 students
Housed in historic Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the John Dewey Academy is a coeducational college preparatory boarding school with a strong therapeutic component.
Our mission is to provide intensive, individualized instruction and therapy to alienated, angry, self-destructive, but bright adolescents.
This approach inspires students to use, rather than to continue to abuse, their talents.
This vision is admittedly an ambitious one: we aim to restore hope, to rebuild families, and to transform students' lives.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades 10-12

Student Body

Total Students 17 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade John Dewey Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 3:1
National avg.: 13:1

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Eagleton School (3.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (2.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (2.3 miles away)
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  • Great Barrington
    Grades: PK-8 | 196 students
    2.3 miles
    38 W Plain Rd
    Great Barrington, MA 01230
  • Great Barrington
    Eagleton School
    All-boys  | Special Education School
    Grades: 5-12 | 71 students
    3.2 miles
    446 Monterey Rd
    Great Barrington, MA 01230
  • Housatonic
    Berkshire Meadows
    Special Education School
    Grades: UG | 20 students
    4.9 miles
    249 N Plain Rd
    Housatonic, MA 01236
  • Sheffield
    Grades: 9-12 | 394 students
    5.7 miles
    245 North Undermountain Road
    Sheffield, MA 01257
  • Lee
    Grades: 12 | 2 students
    10.2 miles
    160 High St
    Lee, MA 01238

School Reviews

The John Dewey Academy re-boots kids who I can only describe as "gifted Removedups." Extraordinary teachers and counselors - an extraordinary student body from around the world - a unique academic and social cirriculum and an incredible invigorating environment... nowhere else on earth. I attribute Dewey with rescuing my son and setting him on the path to the success at a top university and the happy, motivated, young adulthood he'senjoying. Thank you. ("Thank you" is not enough!)
- Posted by Parent, 06/22/15
This school saved my son's life. The faculty and staff are incredibly talented. The peer based model got through to our son when nothing else worked. He has now learned new, productive behaviors and he is doing very well in his second year at Dewey. We love this school and give it our highest recommendation.
- Posted by Parent, 03/16/12

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