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Fair Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 565
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7025 Falcon Road
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

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(916) 867-2020
(916) 867-2023
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December 07, 2014
As a former student volunteer and now parent it's plain to see how the class of teachers has plummeted. A good chunk of capable teachers left Dewey, retired or left this earth entirely and left not so capable teachers. The administration is better than it was.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
My son has ADHD, and was labeled/ostracized at two other elementary schools. Harry Dewey, in contrast, includes and celebrates every child. He loves going to school now, and has made a circle of friends. His teacher finds creative ways to showcase students' strengths and autonomy, while still incorporating required curriculum. I couldn't be more pleased with Harry Dewey, and the changes I have seen in my son- perfect attendance, homework completion, excellent report cards, joy & confidence. Many thanks to you, Harry Dewey & Christine Teachout.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
I believe that the school should and must be more accommodating to the needs of the special need students. To hear that this is not happening breaks my heart. We all must do our part to be there for them and the school has a most important role in this. As far as the playground being rough, this must stop! I have one child at Dewey and another that has gone on to the IB programs. The foundation at Dewey must always be the child first and foremost.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
I have complained that my daughter's teacher put her hands on her and I don't feel like anything has been resolved. This teacher has worked at Dewey for many years, probably longer than most there. My daughter is afraid to go to school, I don't blame her at all. These are little kids and they don't need their teachers grabbing at them or anything of the sort. I hope these mean teachers will retire, quit, or get fired. The office staff seem over worked and can be pretty short but I feel it's because they have too much work. The principal is ok although I haven't really seen much action.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
I love this school, and as far as the cliquey parents thing goes, get over it. If you are meaning the PFO moms sign up and attend some meetings and participate these ladies do a lot for our kids and I'm not even a PFO member.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
We love this school! Our children have been attending for 6 years. We have been active in the community of the school and appreciate the personal attention our family always receives when we go into the office. The teachers are attentive and open to suggestions. The principal is open and willing to listen and help when we need it. I've never had less then wonderful interactions with the office staff. We love this school and couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
I have three children that attend this school and I could not be happier with the way the teacher's interact with my children. The homework assignments go hand in way with the day's lesson plan and each assignment is geared to helping the children grow. This school does not do "busy" work. The principal is amazing, friendly, and AVAILABLE to parents. My children are lucky to be in this school and proud to be Dewey Tigers!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Dewey is awesome! My kids have always loved their teachers, I love that! I've been happy with the school for the most part. The parent participation is wonderful, the new principal is super, the teachers and staff are amazing! I do, however, agree with several of the other parents here. The office lady is extremely short and rude. I know I can't mention names, and I hate to even say this but I am very put off by her. Parents have to sign in and sign out in the office anytime we go on campus, which means dealing with the office staff. One of my kids has complained about her as well. I understand she has alot on her plate, but kindness goes a long way, rudeness does not. I want my kids to feel comfortable going into the office if they need to, one of my kids does not want to for any reason. Dewey is a wonderful place for kids, I just wish they'd address this issue.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
My daughter is having such a hard time in this school. The first two weeks she was physically assaulted by a group of kids at least three times. When I went to the office to get answers, I was brushed off. They told me I need to contact her teacher and schedule an appointment to discuss the matter with her. Lately she has been coming home crying several days a week because now girls in her classroom are picking on her and chasing her around campus. She asked her teacher if she could go into another room where they send students to work by themselves, the teacher said no. She asked the teacher if she could go sit and work in the office, she said no. She asked the teacher if she could call me, she said no. I said, "well, what did your teacher say or do?". And apparently all the teacher said was "Awwww, I'm sorry", then stuck her in the corner! Said or did nothing to the girls picking on her. The school has placed a big banner out in front of the school about not tolerating, and encourages all to report bullying . But it doesn't seem like they have the interest in doing anything about stopping it! Plus the parking lot during pickup is enough to make you go CRAZY! It's RIDICULOUS!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
i think office ladys should be nicer too people but i like the school mostly and my kids like there teachers and have many friends but sometimes too much homework but its ok i dont mind helping my kids i like the principle and teachers i just dont realy like office lady but its ok

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I disagree with the last comment posted. This school loves children and is passionate about educating kids. The staff and principal are caring and always willing to work with families to ensure kids receive a great education. They do it in a caring environment that is approachable and open.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
Our daughter just completed kindergarten at Dewey and my wife, daughter and I could not be more pleased with the school and teachers. We are proud to be a part of the Dewey family.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
Today I attended Dewey for Kindergarden visitation. I am going to appeal the open enrollment results and open enroll my son in Dewey. I am very upset that my son did not get in Cowan, as they reduced the number of K classrooms from 3 to 2 for 2012-2013 (parents voted on that so they can keep the school small). Fundamental education is important to me, therefore I was interested in visiting Dewey. The three K teachers that I met were wonderful. The office staff was very helpful , and answered all of my questions - I spoke with two ladies there. The campus looks old, indeed, but that is not really a factor that will affect our children's education. I can not say anything about the parents, though, as I did not meet any. Even though I will have to drive further, I hope my son makes it into Dewey.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
I love the office staff, Dewey has a lot of parents that volunteer and are coming into the office all day signing in and putting on their stickers. If you need assistance speak up, they are more than willing to help out.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
The office staff needs to be more attentive when parents go into the office. Sometimes they sit there, chatting, while there are parents standing there needing assistance. I'm happy with the rest of the school, pretty much. Certainly, Dewey isn't the super school I was lead to believe it was.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
Wow, it's funny and it's not about the people who make these judgmental comments without really getting involved in the school. This is a very well operated school from top down. I'm sorry for negative comments. This school goes beyond making sure that the kids parents or guardians are kept-up with current and up-coming school events by distributing this information through hand-outs. The school principle makes phone calls & sends out a Dewey Tiger booklet that must be signed and brought back to the kids teachers the next day. This is a very strong parent participation school. Me & my wife have been involved with this school for the last seven years. Each year there are changes just like anywhere else. But, the staff (under-staffed) people that work in the office well go out of there way when time permits. This is a very professional type school that rewards all that attend, including parents. Try coming to a award assembly &/or back to school night, or the many other events that the school and parents but together before making any further judgements. Get involved!. Thanks Dewey for your excellence in teaching my children. Keep up the great work!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
I agree about the office staff at Dewey Elementary. They're very rude and short. They're the first impressing given when visiting the school and my impression is they don't want to do their job and they don't like people coming into the office. Well, excuse me!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
I too believe that the staff needs to be accountable for their actions as well. Not so much all the teaching staff but the office staff. I have had numerous problems with them about not being professional and favoring students and treating others wrongly right in front of these children. What kind of example is that setting for our children! This year Dewey has really let us down!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
Overall, Dewey is an average school. However, in the last few years, there has been a new influx of below average teachers. Many of the good teachers have either retired or withdrawn from Dewey. With that said, there appears to be an ever increasing attitude of superiority relaying a message that they may not always be correct, but they are never wrong. The politics tends to sicken me as many valid issues are distorted and/or swept under the rug, depending on the person and the situation. I read and hear a lot of virtuous words and moral rhetoric, yet none of it applies to the staff so much for accountability. Children need to be taught by example, not by the use of empty words and superficial rhetoric. The principle is the worst offender! Unfortunately, this disease is rampant throughout the schools in California and in many other states as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2010
I have been impressed by the staff at this school several times I am a grandparent.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2009
I seriously am in love with this school! It is an amazing alternative to the crappy schools in Citrus Heights (which is where we live.) We have truly met the most amazing families at Dewey. Also, we have had amazing teachers thus far! The office staff is great too. We started the first week of Kindergarten at Cambridge Heights last year and it was horrible. I was elated when I got the call from Dewey that they had found some room for my daughter! I do agree, there is a little room for improvement. Yes, it is an old school, but I really don't think that's what's important. The important thing is that my daughter is getting an incredible education, and loving every minute of it. The only complaint I have is that there are no extra activities such as any art/fine art type stuff.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
So far as a new parent my I am very pleased with the quality of instruction and consistency of my kindergartener's learning environment. The school is very organized and the staff are enthusiastic. My whole family had a fantastic time at the annual Fall Harvest Festival, it was very apparant that a lot of time and effort were put into making it a very successful and professional event. The effecient staff and helpful parent volunteers are what makes this school such a success! Go Tigers! Sincerely, Tara Johnson

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Dewey is certainly a good school, but there is definitely room for improvement. The good points are: Lots of nice families and kids, strong academics (esp. reading, writing, and math), and a handful of terrific teachers. However, there are also weak points, including: Almost no extracurricular activities (no performing arts of any kind, very little fine arts, etc.); a handful of below-average teachers; aging, unattractive campus compared to others in the district; and RIDICULOUS homework expectations. I had to highlight this, because I really feel my children were overloaded with unneccessary amounts of homework. Other schools in our district perform as well or better with far less homework. Finally, I was surprised by the lack of parental participation, since that is an advertised part of the program. Beyond Kindergarten, there are actually few opportunities for parents to volunteer beyond correcting the giant piles of homework and making photocopies.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
I have two children at Dewey, five years apart. We have loved having our children there and they have loved learning there. Always room for improvements in disciplinary areas, but I guess since incidents are so unusual the principal may just be out of practice correctly implementing her authority. I do have to agree that she is unresponsive to electronic requests and even written messages regarding concerns I have had over the years. I find it most effective to wait in her office till after the second bell rings in the am when she returns from greeting kids and parents. (this is awesome!) Never had a problem with office staff. Warm, friendly, know my children by name and personality. Teachers are AMAZING!! I love this school and if you have opportunity to enroll your children it is well worth any sacrifice of time and distance from home!!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
Holy smokes, I cannot believe there are bad reviews on this school! We love Dewey, and I am extremely impressed with the school as a whole. I really cannot believe someone said the office staff weren't nice, I think they're GREAT! We started at another school for the first week of Kindergarten and the office staff there was completely rude and unprofessional. My daughter is learning so much at Dewey, and more importantly, is excited about everything she is learning. The Kindergarten teachers are amazing, even all of the parents that I have met so far seem great. We are really excited about spending the next 7 years at Dewey!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
This is a terrible school.We did not have a choice picking this school as this school was assigned to us since my daughter has a disability.The office staff is very unhelpful,not friendly at all.The principal has not replied to any of my emails and the teacher provides limited feedback.I have a son who goes to private school and I have to drop him of first the school is not willing to work with me as I arrive 5-10 mintes late each day.My daughter continues to be marked late and I am told I have to make other arrangements to get her to school on time.Would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2008
Teachers are great but don't expect any support from the principal.....lazy lizard.

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September 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
I have 2 children at Dewey School since Kindergarten and we love Dewey School. They have received a well rounded education with some outstanding teachers and an awesome principle. Dewey does care about the whole child and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2007
I believe that dewey is a top school. It has given my daughter the tools she needs to succeed in the next step in her education. Dewey cares about the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son started at a different public school that we were not happy with and luckily we got him into Dewey Fundamental half way through kindergarten. We heard great things about Dewey, and I can't tell you how my son blossomed in academics and behavior! He started reading quickly when he got into kindergarten and began getting real homework. We absolutely love our school!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Harry Dewey has a long history of excellence and is known in the region both for outstanding academic performance and for the high behavior standards. The school stresses parental involvement and volunteerism - there are few times when a parent volunteer cannot be seen on campus. We have sent two of our children to Dewey and couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
This school is absoulutly fantastic. I wouln'd want my shildren anywhere else. Bring in different formats and really making sure no child is left behind

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2005
Great school located in a nice neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
This school made a wonderful student out of my daughter, the relationships formed with other students and faculty still are strong 18 years later!

- submitted by a parent
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Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School
7025 Falcon Road, Fair Oaks, CA  95628
(916) 867-2020
Last modified Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top