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News & Views - Aug, 1993 Issue #23 

Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Tom Bratter, Founder

The John Dewey Academy is a college preparatory, therapeutic high school for students aged fifteen to twenty-one. The full-time clinical staff has three doctorates with the fourth completing hers. It wants to be judged by the reputations of the colleges which admit its graduates.

The academic faculty includes six who have their doctorates and two who are close to completion, and five with their masters degrees. This includes the addition of Ann Blake, a cum laude graduate of Smith College, with masters degrees from Vassar and Middlebury Colleges, who received her doctorate from The Shakespeare Institute of The University of Birmingham (England), and Jamie Howard who, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, earned his doctorate in Astronomy from Yale University.

Students can study French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish as well as chemistry, calculus, linear algebra, and the philosophy of mathematics and astronomy. Dr. Kenneth Steiner, Dean of Studies, says "the variety of courses offered at this tiny school compares reasonably well to educational institutions whose enrollments exceed 500." Class size rarely exceeds seven so students can proceed at their own rate and design projects which interest them.

Dr. Thomas Edward Bratter, president, contends, "The strength of John Dewey is each student has an individualized program. We have few institutional rules. The advantage is we know the students and they know us. The faculty serve as mentors and responsible role models."

Dr Henry Radda, Dean, reports, "The most potent catalyst for change is the personal involvement, encouragement and attention which our students receive."

Copyright 1993, 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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