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A rich history

Our Academy

The John Dewey Academy is housed in the historic and beautiful Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Completed in 1888 at a cost of $2.3 million and modernized eighty years later, Searles Castle was designed by Sanford White and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

What to expect

Visiting your student

Located on sixty-three acres of private land nestled in the Berkshire Hills, the main building includes administrative offices, common areas, kitchen and dining hall, music hall, group room, classrooms, the science lab, the art studio, the library, the weight room, laundry facilities, and living space. A second building houses additional classrooms and living space, as well as an apartment for house parents. Athletic facilities include a tennis court, basketball court, playing field, running trails, and a small indoor gym facility with machines and free weights.

The John Dewey Academy is within walking distance of the center of Great Barrington, where students can enjoy coffee shops, restaurants, a movie theater, a library, and many local shops. It is also located minutes from Fairview Hospital.

For information on Great Barrington and the surrounding Berkshires area, click here. The Admissions Coordinator can provide you with a list of lodging and restaurant options convenient to Searles Castle.

Driving Directions

Directions From New York City  (about 130 miles):
Directions from Bradley International Airport in Hartford (about 75 miles):
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Directions from Boston (about 135 miles):
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Directions from Albany County Airport, also called Albany International Airport (about 60 miles):
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THE JOHN DEWEY ACADEMY

389 Main Street
Great Barrington MA 01230

Admissions: (413) 528-0084
Phone: (413) 528-9800
Fax: (413) 528-5662

Email: Info@jda.org

Take the Sprain Parkway North, which becomes the Taconic Parkway north. Continue on the Taconic Parkway until reaching the exit for Hillsdale/Claverack/Route 23 (this is about 115 miles out of New York City). At the exit, turn right onto Route 23 east and follow it till it ends at Main Street (17.1 miles). Turn left on Main Street. The John Dewey Academy is the first driveway on the right, directly across the street from the Days Inn.

Follow signs to I-91 and take I-91 north. Turn onto I-90 west and get off at exit 2 (this is the Berkshires exit for Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington). Turn left from the exit ramp and proceed under the Mass Pike, following the signs for Great Barrington and Stockbridge. At the traffic light, turn right onto Route 102 west towards Stockbridge and go approximately 4 miles. Turn left at the Red Lion Inn onto Route 7 south to Great Barrington. Continue through 6 traffic lights (7.3 miles). The John Dewey Academy is just beyond the 6th light on your left, directly across the street from the Days Inn.

Take the Mass Pike (I-90) west and get off at exit 2 (this is the Berkshires exit for Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington). Turn left from the exit ramp and proceed under the Mass Pike, following the signs for Great Barrington and Stockbridge. At the traffic light, turn right onto Route 102 west towards Stockbridge and go approximately 4 miles. Turn left at the Red Lion Inn onto Route 7 south to Great Barrington. Continue through 6 traffic lights (7.3 miles). The John Dewey Academy is just beyond the 6th light on your left, directly across the street from the Days Inn.

Take I-87 south to I-90. Get onto I-90 east towards Albany. South of Albany, turn onto the New York State Thruway Berkshire Spur, heading east towards Boston. Get off at Exit B3; at end of ramp, make a right onto Route 22 south. Go 1/2 mile and turn left onto Route 102 east to West Stockbridge. Drive through the little town of West Stockbridge and turn right onto Route 41 south. Continue on Route 41 south about 10 miles until you merge onto Route 7 south. Proceed on Route 7 for 1 1/2 miles (through four traffic lights). The John Dewey Academy will be on your left directly across the street from the Days Inn.

If you have any problems finding us, call us at (413) 528-9800 and we will be happy to help.