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K-4
Public
San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 400
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3251 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

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(619) 223-8131
(619) 523-9338
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September 12, 2014
What can I say about Dewey other than it is convenient if you live in military housing. It is a school for military kids and the school is a high poverty sponsored organization. The teacher are grumpy and sour faced on a daily basis. A smile and friendly hello wouldn't hurt them every so often. I drag me feet wanting to take my kids to this school. If it weren't for the process of an IEP that took two years to sign papers and initiate, I would have used CHOICE and put my children into a better school. They don't honor their IEP obligations and have yet to start as promised and legally signed to do. Dewey is exactly what you would expect it to be.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
Dewey has been quite the disappointment. The staff is friendly and the location is convenient which is why I gave it 2 stars. The PTO and staff need some training on planning. They give very little notice about events and unless you are cliquey, the PTO won't contact you even though you signed up to help. I also rarely saw any of my child's work throughout the year. It wasn't until the last day that we were handed a large folder full of graded papers. Maybe it's rare that parents are actually involved and want to see their children's work but we do and it would've been nice to see what my child maybe was having difficulty with and being able to help. Being handed his work on the last day is pointless. Thankfully, he made good grades, otherwise I would've requested the work. Also, the curriculum is terrible. My child was constantly bored. They learned very little outside of writing, reading and math. They have a library they can't use and there is no art program. My child has been to half a dozen schools in just as many states. This has been the most disappointing experience. If he were to go another year, I'd choice him in elsewhere or homeschool.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
We are a military family and have found Dewey to be a fantastic school for our child! Even though there are struggles with funding, they manage to find available resources to improve the quality of education to the students. Our daughter has experienced both 1st and now 2nd grade teachers and they are FANTASTIC!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
This is the second year our child has attended Dewey Elementary and we have absolutely no complaints! The office staff, teachers, volunteers and leadership at this school are very respectful and pleasant to work with. The parents are also very involved with school activities. Dewey is very family oriented and understanding of the military lifestyle, which is very much appreciated in a military community.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
This school has one major disadvantage. The office staff. They are rude, dismissive, and unfriendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Dewey Elementary School is a special place for children to explore, learn and be challenged with the great teachers, administration and parent organization. It is a special place and a great Elementary school.

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2013
No complaints what so ever in regards to the leadership and academic aspect of Dewey. Caring and consistent Teachers as well as a great Principal.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
My daughter's teacher is enthusiastic with making sure that she will have the help she needs while attending Dewey to make sure she doesnt "slip through the cracks" like so many children do. The principal is very caring towards the students. My daughter is always happy about the activity that she has at the school on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
My family and I just moved to San Diego from Florida. I'm not very impressed by Dewey. In comparison with other schools in Point Loma it isn't very clean and the office staff leaves a lot to be desired. My husband and I found the principal to be very rude and completely unhelpful. She brushed us off when we presented her with our concerns about year round school (which is completely impractical for a school with 90% military families). No one offered to give us a tour of the school. No one bothered to look at my daughters' records from their previous school. The only person who seemed to know what she was doing, the woman who takes care of enrollment, doesn't seem to work at the school full time. And there didn't seem to be much communication between her and the rest of the staff. I asked repeatedly for a school supply list and was never given one. The only reason I'm giving three stars instead of one is I'm hoping our experience with the teachers will be more positive. If you're considering moving to this area, try to get your child into Loma Portal Elementary. It's much cleaner, the staff is friendlier, the principal is knowledgable and their state test scores are better.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
Dewey Elementary School has a Wonderful Principal who really cares about the students. With 85% of the children being part of a military family, the school is aware of the needs of the military child and has a access to resources to enrich and help with the needs of the student. Military Parent Coffee once a month helps parents become aware of all the resources for the family and students as well as brings a sense of community to the school. The PTO has paid for the first year of Art Corps art program and will continue to sponsor this much needed enrichment program for the students of Dewey. Parent Volunteers are not only needed but welcomed for a variety of activities from volunteering in your child's classroom, to raising funds, to assisting the office. Just remember, children will succeed in school when parents get involved in their child's education. If you are moving to the area, enroll your child in this school, come to the PTO meetings and get involved and you and your child will experience the best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
We are undergoing a much needed bathroom remodel this summer! This is great news for us!

- submitted by a teacher
January 16, 2012
Very good School for Special Needs & Military Families.They are careing and understanding. They try to met all the needs that come up with this unique famlies.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
Great military friendly school. Caring and motivated staff. Excellent and highly involved PTO. We enjoyed events/programs such as the harvest festival, deployed parent support group, book fair and reading club.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
Dolphin Pride all the way....it's hard to find another school like Dewey. Dewey students, staffs, and teachers are great. Our principal supports Special Needs & Military Families. Our students SOAR to the top.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
Our son just started at Dewey as a Kindergartener this year, but I have to say we are so happy that he is going there. For months he told us how much he didn't want to go to school and could he just stay home with me all day instead? After 1 day he was eager to go back and couldn't wait to go to sleep and get up for day 2! He absolutely loves Ms. Allen and we are already dreading taking him away from her mid year when we move. I love that the school is secured throughout the day and feel wonderful knowing my son is absolutely safe when not in my care. We haven't met the principle yet, but she's already sent an email to the parents and the office staff is very friendly and on top of things. :)

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
I love this school. A lot has changed since the introduction of the PTO this year, and a new principal. They have also installed security doors, and if you do not check in with the office, you cannot enter the hallways to the classrooms. My son loves his teacher, and I think she is awesome. The staff is incredibly friendly. The schools test scores are high, and actually improved a lot since just last year. I am so glad that I sent my son to this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
Our son has been attending Dewey for the past 2 years. Overall we have had a good experience. His teachers have been wonderful and the expectations and test scores of the students are high. Some concerns are the lack of security, cleanliness and the all dirt playground. There is a large area that would be ideal for grass. Other than that, we have been pleased with our son's education here.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
My daughter just started attending Dewey this year. We are very happy with the school. the teachers and staff are really friendly and you can tell they really care about the kids. We are a military family and I find it nice that most of the children who attend are military children as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 05, 2008
My child's teacher is wonerful., she really trues to help the kids any way that she can. The rest of the school is horrible. It isn't a very clean school, the office staff is very unorganized. There is no A/C in the school. And being year round they are still in school during the summer months which is hard on the kids. I know my child has come home sick because of the heat.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
I think that we should consider it a little disheartening that 2 out of 3 positve reviews written for this school were written by a staff member or a teacher. The parents voices have not been heard. We are happy with the academic achievements of the students in Dewey. The negative reviews have stated things such as the lack of parent involvement which, as far as I can tell, is a direct result of it not being a welcome or encouraged part of the overall school. My childrens teachers are wonderfull, fun, warm people and indiviually encourage parent involvement. What we can use is something to bring the school together as a whole...Parents can help if they are given the opportunity. The other issue I have heard from Dewey Parents has been the lack of security. The front door being wide open makes us feel that our children arent safe.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
The teachers are for the most part great. The principle doesn't really seem to care about her students and school safety is a zero. Anyone can walk right in to the school at any time of the day without being stopped or questioned. Test scores are high, but so is th eamount of homework. School could also use a good cleaning and garbage pick up once in a while.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2008
My child's teachers are very supportive, caring and interactive. The test scores are high, the students are happy. There are plenty of parent's nights, lunch time cookouts, and other extra-curricular activities. Additionally, the before and after school programs and CDC should be taken into consideration when rating a school. These are very important programs that boost a child's learning and require the use of the facility and support of the elementary school staff. We are a military family as well, so please stop using that as a crutch for your child's struggles. I drive twenty minutes from East County in order to send my children to Dewey and while I do not always enjoy the traffic, in the end I know it is the right thing to do. I care about my child's education enough to take action, and not just complain.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
The principal is unresponsive. She fails to have the knowledge to properly interact with both parents and children. The office staff lacks organization and doesn't provide or follow security measures regarding the students. A school should not be considered a great school just because of a before and after school program. My child enjoyed school before going here.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
I love this school. My kids are doing great. They started at the Child Development Side (Preschool & After School Care) which is even better than the grade school. My only complaint is that the teachers do not dress professionally, which I think goes a long way. If the kids can't wear flip flops, neither should the teachers. A quality teacher would be given much more respect if they dressed the part. Even with that being said, if nothing else, but your preschoolers in the CDC. It provides a great foundation to their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2007
Dewey is a wonderful little gem of a school in a huge district. A National Blue Ribbon winner, Dewey strives to ensure all children meet and exceed their potential. The staff are friendly and supportive of their students and one another. The Principal is one of the most open, supportive and encouraging principals I have come into contact with. Yes, the school stuggles with its PTA- having such a high mobility rate amongst its military parents makes it almost impossible to keep a PTA alive and functioning, but every year they try. I would not hesitate to send my children here.

- submitted by a teacher
July 12, 2007
School is not all about acedemic, it is about morale and teacher/parent communication. Which this school extremly lacks.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
We are a National Blue Ribbon School (240 school selected from public & private schools - based strictly on academic achievement), recognized as one of the Best Urban Schools (18 were selected nationwide), Title I High Achievement School --- We are a great school, we hard working teachers & a hard working principal!

- submitted by a teacher
June 29, 2007
The school has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. It has been the best school that my kids have been too. We are a military family too. The principal is always there to help. I walk in anytime I need something. The clean is super clean.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2007
The principal is unorganized. The school is filthy. I feel the year round school makes it harder on the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
I can't believe that this is one of the 'great' schools in San Diego, This school is the worst we have been to. We are a military family, so we have been to plenty of schools. There is minimal communication with the teachers and the principal is unorganized and unclear.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
What makes a great school is not the fact that it offers a before & afterschool program or the school's location. What about the quality of teaching that's being offered at the school? From my own experience, it has not been impressive at all. I think my child's teacher lacks structure & organization & does not even hold her students accountable for their work. This is the 1st school my child has ever attended where the parents & teachers show very little involvement. If the parents & teachers don't care then why should these children?

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
There is such a lack of parent-teacher involvement with these children. What exactly is PTA doing to support the school?

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Dewey is a great elementary school. They offer both a 6 to 6 program and (even better) a Child Development Center (preschool & after school for ages 2-10).

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
Dewey was a small school with a very high emphasis on student achievement. My son loved it there. The teachers and the principal all care very much about the children and it shows. There wasn't a lot of parent invovement and hopefully this will change in the future, but everything else was wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Awful school. The staff is terrible. Choose another school you'll be glad you did.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
My son started school in Dewey Elementary School when we moved to San Diego. At first he had a hard time adjusting but with the help of all the teachers and staff, he was able to feel at home and excelled in his academics. I commend the teaching staff for giving my son special care and attention. He was given a test that abled him to be accepted to the Gate Program and was placed in a cluster program while he was in this school. So far, this is the best school for my son. I am enrolling him back for 4th grade this coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
The principle was horrible. However, my child's teacher was wonderful. She was a very enthusiastic teacher.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
This school is wonderfully diverese and allows children to look beyond the color of each others skin. Linda Karpowich, who will be retiring this fall, has created a school where students learn the level of respect they should have for each other and tools for dealing with difficult situations should one arise. The teachers have a special relationship with one another, and the students love being there. I was looking at statistics, which didn't look overly impressive, but if you compare the income factor and those who are learning English, what this school has accomplished is much more than what you can find in any test score. My child is going into the 3rd grade, she is a GATE student, and I feel this school has well prepared her to have th confidence to do well, the ability to handle difficult people the right way, and has kept her blind to color lines.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
Great location, and after school 6 to 6 is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
My son has been attending Dewey since kindergarten. He has enjoyed Dewey since day one. He has never said anything negative. Academics are excellent. Next year my child will be in advance classes. Class sizes are of good size and not overcrowded. All types of programs are available. Band, music, art and sports. Due to my schedule I have been unable to volunteer my time, but there are always parents involved with the field trips. This school is excellent and the grounds are clean.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 14, 2005
My child has yet to match the academic challenge and success since attending Dewey Elementary. The negative aspects were the lack of PTA.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
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Dewey is a school with a neighborhood feel that serves grades K-4 where 88% of the students have a parent serving in the military. Most children walk to school which encourages parents to socialize and become involved in the everyday workings of the school. We value parent involvement and have a strong PTO. We have a supportive and caring staff who are committed to helping students grow academically as well as socially. We are also very excited to be undergoing bathroom remodeling this summer!

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Dewey Elementary School
3251 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA  92110
(619) 223-8131
Last modified Dewey Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-4
Dewey Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top