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New Perspectives - Jan, 1991 Issue 

The John Dewey Academy
(413) 528-9800
Tom Bratter

This is a college preparatory, year-round, residential, drug-free, therapeutic high school which works with teenagers with superior intellectual and creative potential who have previously been engaged in self-destructive behavior. The students must be psychologically intact, recognize the wrongness of their ways, and have the ability to convince the school they want to work diligently to be accepted by colleges of quality.

The school is accredited by the National Independent Schools Association, has been approved by the Massachusetts State Department of Education, is a candidate for accreditation with The New England Schools and Colleges Association, and was one of eighteen private schools which received a certificate of merit from the U. S. Department of Education Drug-Free School Recognition program.

It is located in Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, which is listed in the Register of Historic Landmarks. The school is renovating the Carriage House so it can double its capacity to 50 students.

The Academy graduated three students in 1988, six students in 1989, and has 12 seniors in 1990. 1989 graduates were accepted by Bentley College, Clark University, Hobart, College of Performing Arts at Syracuse University, and the University of Chicago, among others.

Copyright 1991, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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