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New & Views - Feb, 1992 Issue 

John Dewey Academy Graduating Class
By Tom Bratter, School President
January 4, 1992

Dr. Kenneth Steiner, Dean of Studies of the John Dewey Academy, reports graduating seniors Jonathan Alter and Barbara Fusco are Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship program, which places them in the top 3% of the more than one million students taking the exam. Alter awaits hearing from Swarthmore College where he has applied Early Decision. He has applied to Carleton, Haverford, Northwestern, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. Fusco has been accepted by Williams College and has been awarded a four years scholarship. Dr. Thomas Edward Bratter, President of John Dewey Academy, adds that graduating seniors Andrea Broekhoff has been accepted by Clark University, Emily Kaplan has been accepted at St. John's College in Maryland, and Mark Schwartz has been accepted at Emory University. David Smith, Dean of Admissions of Syracuse, has confirmed graduating seniors Gonzaemon Toyonaga will attend the School of Architecture and Haruo Yamada will attend the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Bratter adds that he is confident Jeffrey Kalman will be accepted by Bucknell University. "70% of our seniors already know before 1992 begins where they will spend the next four years" Bratter adds, "which is astounding considering most colleges are still welcoming applications." Dr. Henry Radda, Dean of Students at John Dewey Academy, contends, "This is impressive because colleges of quality respect the rigor of our academics rather than viewing us as a special purpose school which has troubled and troublesome teens. We admit students on the basis of their current attitude and our assessment of their potential during the interview, not on the basis of their past academic performance and their standard test scores. These students were out of control because they required a safe, structured, and supportive residential environment. They were at extreme risk when admitted since all had engaged in self-destructive behavior."

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