Dewey International Studies is an elementary magnet school located at the southwestern edge of St. Louis. The school is within walking distance of Forest Park, the Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Science Center. These attractions are visited on field trips.
Test scores on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) at Dewey exceeded the average for the Saint Louis Public Schools in general. Dewey is a Gold Star School.
The magnet focus at Dewey is international studies. Every student studies a world language. Those languages are Chinese, German, French, and Spanish. The international profile of the school is enhanced by the enrollment of many children from different countries. These children are studying English as their adopted language.
The international studies theme is reflected in classroom instruction whereby each class selects a country to incorporate into the curriculum. The adopted country influences geography, social studies, literature, and mathematics. There is an emphasis on having students present their learning in forums. Students share what they have learned with other students at their grade levels as well as with parents. Travelogues, oral reports, dramas, poetry, research projects, and songs are some of the experiences students share with their peers.
Students enrolled in the gifted program engage in research, analytical thinking, classical literature of the countries, and Junior Great Books.