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Dewey Institute

Grades Gr. 7 TO Gr. 12 — Bracebridge, ON (MAP)

Dewey Institute:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 7 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    5 — 15 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    150 boarding students, 300 day students, 500 eschool students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 119 Wellington Street, Bracebridge, Ontario, P1L 1E2 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Dewey Institute / College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are airport pick-up.

The regions Dewey Institute / College offers busing from are:

  • Toronto

Additional notes: Pick-up and drop off to and from the airport is available to all students. Furthermore, Dewey is happy to help graduating students move into their new accommodations and their life after secondary school.

Our Perspective

How we see Dewey Institute

The Dewey Institute is very much an international school in the modern sense, in that it attracts students from across Canada and around the world seeking to move on to university in North America. The student body is defined largely by its diversity—learning with students from around the world can be a galvanizing experience. Interiors are crisp, clean, and with a university feel, which of course is absolutely intentional. The school has designed the spaces so that when students arrive at university, the environment feels familiar. The school is close to larger urban centres—Toronto and Ottawa are within a few hours’ drive—and benefits from the proximity to the internatioal transportation hubs found there. That said, it’s also close to some of the natural environments that the country is famous for, and Algonquin Park is nearby as well. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a dedicated academic environment with peers who share a drive and desire to arrive at the university of their choice, and to thrive while there.

School's Perspective

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How Dewey Institute sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Dewey Institute, a prestigious day and boarding school, follows John Dewey's "student-centered" and "learning by doing" philosophy. We offer a dynamic, diverse learning environment. Programs include OSSD plus AP and upcoming IGCSE & A Levels. In addition we offer Nature Based Outdoor Experiential Study , Multiple Language Program (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin) and Before & After School Program. Tailoring education to each student, we ensure 100% of graduates transition seamlessly to post-secondary education."

  • Exquisite Living Quarters Featuring Round-the-Clock Security Surveillance
  • A Multifaceted Array of Programs Customized to Exceed Your Expectations
  • Affiliated Advanced Placement (AP) Institution
  • small Class Settings
  • Alumni Enrolled in Prestigious Universities worldwide

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Dewey Institute distinguishes itself by catering to a diverse spectrum of student needs. From academic upgrading to personalized attention in small class sizes with additional teacher support, Dewey ensures every student receives the tailored assistance necessary for their success. Moreover, our institution boasts exceptional facilities and living quarters, providing students with an enriching and comfortable environment conducive to learning and personal growth. Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Muskoka, Dewey Institute offers not only outstanding education but also an idyllic setting that enhances the overall educational experience."

What type of student is a good fit for your school?

"Dewey Institute's target market comprises students who are driven, diverse, and seeking a supportive educational environment that caters to their individual needs and aspirations."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Our smaller class sizes ensure personalized attention for every student. With fewer students per class, our educators can focus on understanding individual needs, fostering a collaborative learning environment, and providing timely feedback. This approach cultivates strong relationships, enhances academic growth, and instills confidence in our students, preparing them for future success."

How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

"Dewey Institute has earned a distinguished reputation for its unwavering commitment to academic excellence, personalized attention, and inclusive community. Renowned for its smaller class sizes, diverse curriculum offerings, and dedicated faculty, Dewey consistently nurtures students to reach their full potential. With a track record of success evidenced by high post-secondary enrollment rates and accolades from satisfied families, Dewey Institute stands as a beacon of excellence in education."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"One underrated asset of Dewey Institute lies in the individual assistance that students receive. While often overshadowed by larger-scale programs or facilities, this personalized support is invaluable in fostering student success. It's akin to a hidden gem within the institution, quietly but profoundly impacting each student's academic journey. This one-on-one attention, whether through mentorship, tailored guidance, or targeted interventions, plays a pivotal role in unlocking each student's potential and ensuring their holistic development. It's a testament to Dewey's commitment to nurturing not just academically accomplished individuals, but well-rounded, confident, and empowered learners ready to thrive in the world beyond the classroom."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Open door policy for students to make sure they feel welcomed any time.
Small class sizes help make sure the Student achieves their highest potential to attend the University of choice."

What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

"AP and SAT Testing Centres"

How will your school change in the next 5 years?

"Becoming a Cambridge certified school by end of summer 2024."

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Dewey Institute

Video reviews of Dewey Institute

Alum, Simon Chen (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Simon Chen to learn about the unique experience of attending Dewey Institute.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Craig Shelswell, Principal

At Dewey, we understand the challenges that are in store for students. Our mission is to support students with the challenges they face and to help them reach their goals. As a former Director of Education in the province of Ontario and private school inspector, I know how important it is to choose the right school for your child. Parents who select this college can have confidence that we will strive to guide their children in making wise decisions so that, after their studies here, they will gain admission to and become successful graduates of a university or college.

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