School Details

Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School

7025 Falcon Road, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 867-2020
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 565 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Juan Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Juan Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
63%
65%
70%
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72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Juan Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
61%
60%
79%
61%
65%
76%
59%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Juan Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
61%
60%
50%
51%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Juan Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is a public middle school in Fair Oaks. The principal of Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is Holly Cybulski, who can be contacted at hcybulski@sanjuan.edu. 565 students go to Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 28% of the 565 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is 18:1. Will Rogers Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 66%
Asian 3% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 8%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 11% 17%
Filipino 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.9%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 46994%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 36%
Limited English proficiency 6% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    How wonderful Dewey is! The newer principal is such a positive role model. The old principal Lazy Lizard was the worst principal I ever experienced. Dewey is progressive and modern even though the actual school grounds are not. Most of the teachers and staff are top quality modeling greatness for our children.

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

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