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John Dewey Academy
Address
389 Main Street

,
01230

Coordinates42°11′30.39″N 73°21′57.57″W / 42.1917750°N 73.3659917°W / 42.1917750; -73.3659917Coordinates: 42°11′30.39″N 73°21′57.57″W / 42.1917750°N 73.3659917°W / 42.1917750; -73.3659917
Information
School typePrivate, Independent, College-preparatory, Day & Boarding
Established1985
FounderThomas E. Bratter
Head teacherDavid Blum
Age range15-21
Websitewww.jda.org

The John Dewey Academy is a private, coeducational college preparatory boarding school in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, housed in Searles Castle. It was founded in 1985 by Dr. Thomas E. Bratter, who died in 2012. In May 2020, the school was purchased by its current head of school, David Baum. The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and College.[citation needed]

It is coeducational and enrolls about 25 high school students, ages 15 to 21, typically in grades 10 to postgraduate. The student-teacher ratio is 3:1 and classes typically average about six students. All graduates attend college.[1]

John Dewey Academy was listed in the Boston Globe's Spotlight study of abuse in private schools, which identified lawsuits against founder Thomas Bratter and teacher Gwendolyn Hampton. [2]

References

  1. ^ "Program Details: John Dewey Academy (Therapeutic Boarding School and College Prep)". National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007.
  2. ^ "Private schools, painful secrets". The Boston Globe. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2020-10-25.