Dexter Filming Locations: Bayside School (Cody's)


The location: Bayside Elementary School.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Cody's elementary school.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7 (of Season 1), "Circle of Friends".

    Dexter's girlfriend, Rita, drives up (in her car) in front of the school to pick her young son, Cody.

    But when she gets there, a friendly school employee tells her that her abusive ex-husband, Paul, has already picked up the child, a few minutes earlier.

    Rita yells at the man, saying that she told the school never release Cody into his custody, and that he just got out of jail. The guy says that no one told him.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. It's an actual school, known as Newcomb Academy.

    But despite the fake sign out front, it's not in Florida.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. Newcomb Academy is located at 3351 Val Verde Avenue, in Long Beach, CA, just east of the 605 Freeway.

    That's just a few blocks west of the hot dog stand location, and a few miles northeast of the "Dexter Neighborhood".

    Here is an aerial photo of the location (looking north). And here is a map link.

The photo above was shot in 2008, by Eric & Kerry  (see below)

Update: In November 2012, Kerry let me know that they had demolished the school!

(Now that's something you don't expect to happen...)

It seems that Newcomb Academy is planning to build a new school on the site, which will open in Fall of 2015.   (In the meantime, they are relocating to the nearby Helen Keller school.)
So the old campus buildings had to go.

They even took out those tall palm trees out front.

There's a video of the demolition on YouTube:

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. I didn't. This one was a gift.

    I had checked out most of the schools in Long Beach, without finding it, but hadn't looked east of the 605 Freeway.

    Then I got another email from Kerry, the fan who tipped me to the hot dog stand and Paul's playground.

    Her husband, Eric, thought he recognized the school as his alma mater, Newcomb Academy, and went to check it out (and shot a few photos of the school). Sure enough... "Bayside" was Newcomb.

    They sent the photos to me (you can see one of them above),  I did a quick comparison to stills from the show, and everything matched perfectly. ( Thanks, Eric! )

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