Our Year-Round Program
John Dewey is a 12 month program and has rolling admissions. Students come at various times throughout the year based on when placement is needed. Our admissions work is conducted by a clinical psychologist with decades of experience in child and adolescent evaluation and treatment. The process generally begins with an inquiry call either directly from parents, or by an educational consultant. The student’s general profile is discussed, as well as an overview of our program to assess the fit of a student for our school. If the student appears appropriate, an intake phone call is set up where a complete developmental, family and problem history is taken. Further discussion about the program occurs so that parents get a good sense of life at the school. Although we do review psychological reports, standardized tests, and prior academic performance, we focus much more on our own assessment than on any written report.
Once the intake is completed, we ask parents to come spend a day at John Dewey where they will meet with staff and students, observe a class, have a tour and see the program in operation. We believe that this day is essential in helping parents know if Dewey is the correct next step for their child and understand our unique model. Parental involvement is key so families need to feel comfortable with our approach and see it as the right fit for their child. We try to maximize a student’s success at Dewey by making sure a student is the right fit for our program as well as ascertain their readiness for a rigorous academic and therapeutic approach.
We treat our students as individuals with their own unique histories and struggles, but we are also aware of the similarities that they share. First, our students are bright, highly capable and college bound. Though we are reluctant to use the label “gifted” (as it is a loaded term with little practical utility at JDA), most students who do well here have developmental histories indicative of exceptional aptitude in one or more areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, kinesthetic, or leadership capacity. Despite these abilities and talents, many of our students have performed at levels incommensurate with their potential, often due to learning, attentional, emotional, and/or motivational problems.
As a school that is predicated upon personalization, another critical part of a John Dewey admission is readiness. A student must be the right fit for our program but they also must come at the right time. Learn more about the most important aspects of student and family readiness below.
Tuition & Financial Assistance
The John Dewey Academy provides a superb year-round curriculum of academic and emotional development in a historic setting. The fifty-two-week fee for the 2020-2021 school-year is $98,000, billed quarterly. Students may enroll at any time during the year; the quarter in which they arrive will be pro-rated.
School districts have occasionally reimbursed parents (or paid directly) for part or all of the tuition. Furthermore, part or all of the cost may be tax-deductible (Given the ever-changing IRS regulations, we suggest that parents consult their accountants).
Financial assistance is available to families in need. Please call the Head of School, Dr. David Baum, to discuss whether we can help you make John Dewey a feasible option for your family.