John Dewey Academy

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  • 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 TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 10-12

Student Body

Total Students12 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio2:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

School Notes

  • 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.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
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!)
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5  
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.
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