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News & Views - Oct, 1994 Issue #30 

Tom Bratter, Founder & President
Great Barrington, Massachusetts

The John Dewey Academy is celebrating its ninth anniversary as a College Preparatory, therapeutic High School. As of this date, there are 62 graduates, with a 25% drop-out rate. 

This drop-out rate occurs, according to Carol Maxym, Dean of Students, because "Sadly, some parents continue to acquiesce to the demands of adolescents, rather than notifying them that any pre-mature departure will result in placement in more restrictive residential settings. Some families believe there has been a 90 day miracle cure, pretend problems will be self-correcting, or remain too weak to provide consequences for irresponsible behavior." 

Kenneth Steiner, Dean of Studies, says "Since we believe learning can occur in non restrictive environments, the family must assume responsibility to convince students to remain." The most important variable for success is the cooperation of the family. 

Of the 62 graduates, less than 10% have discontinued their college careers. 17 have made the Deans' List at Bates, Bucknell & Connecticut Colleges, Georgetown University, Hobart College, Universities of Chicago (2), Hartford (4), & Massachusetts, Union, Wellesley, & Williams (2) Colleges. 

This year's senior class of ten is the best and brightest in our history. Even though the 1995 college campaign has just begun, with some luck seniors will attend Bates College, Binghamton University (SUNY), Bowdoin College, Carlston College, George Washington University, Oberlin Sarah Lawrence, and Union Colleges

Copyright 1994, 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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