Posted January 25, 2013
Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary operates under a very special mission statement that staff, parents, and community members worked together on in the Spring of 2012. It reads: Valuing community and academic excellence, the mission of Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is to inspire and educate each child to be a vibrant part of a community of life-long learners who embrace stewardship of their world, and develop creative problem-solving skills and confidence through a focus on the whole child mind, body, heart that includes innovative instruction, strong character development and essential family participation in a safe, supportive environment. We promise to live by this creed and do everything in our power to make sure we focus on the whole child - mind, body, heart at all times. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to work with you.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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!
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.
Teachers are great but don't expect any support from the principal.....lazy lizard.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
This school made a wonderful student out of my daughter, the relationships formed with other students and faculty still are strong 18 years later!
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