The John Dewey Academy

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 35
Checked March 7, 2012
Open.gif Opened 1985

The John Dewey Academy is a behavior modification facility located 389 Main Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts [1].

The target group is youth aged between 16 and 21 [2].

They have room for 35 teenagers of both genders. The average length of a stay is about 18 months.

The program was founded in 1985.

Program structure

The program use positive Peer Pressure.


The program is mentioned in the book "The Group Therapy of Substance Abuse" [3]

See also

John Dewey Academy on Wikipedia.


In 2004 the school was sued by a former student because the school has failed to protect him from a relationship with one of the teacher. The relationship resulted in birth of a child. In relationship with this case it was revieled that there had been a previous case where another teacher had pleaded No-contest to a second-degree unlawful restraint, which involved an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl [4] [5]

In 2007 is was stated that the campus was put on the market for sale [6].

A new generation of great fortunes has been made in the global marketplace, and the schools and institutions that own the old mansions are putting them up for sale as private homes. The John Dewey Academy in Great Barrington has put its own fortress of a campus -- a gilded-age mansion once known as Searles Castle -- on the market for $15 million. But the selling price doesn't begin to anticipate all the costs associated with running a home that would require dozens of household staff.

In 2008 a former student was arrested charged for rape [7]

External Links

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  1. The facility on google maps
  2. Program details on NATSAP
  3. The Group Therapy of Substance Abuse, by David W. Brook and Henry I. Spitz, Haworth Press 2002, ISBN 0789017822, 9780789017826
  4. Dewey Academy is sued over teacher-student affair, By Derek Gentile, Berkshire Eagle Staff, August 26 2004 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee (ISACORP))
  5. Searles Castle, Estate of the Day
  6. Reformers' industry ideals hearken back to Wharton, By Peter S. Canellos, The Boston Globe, August 21, 2007
  7. Suspect in brutal '03 Dyer rape nabbed, BY DAN HINKEL,, may 29 2008