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Benson Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 359 students

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Posted January 6, 2014

Prior to enrolling in the Benson school system my son was enrolled in Berean Academy in Sierra Vista. He went there for 2 years and had no disciplinary issues. In the last 4 months he has had over 50 instances where he has been bullied or got in trouble for defending himself against the bullies. The same several kids have been involved in every instance and the Principal repeatedly told us that they were "taking care of the situation". After being assured it was taken care of it happened again today. To be fair the bullying instance that took place on the bus to school was resolved quickly and efficiently due to the video recorded on the bus. Overall I don't feel the teachers are bad... but if your child is new to the area I would recommend not allowing them to attend this school. The problems are not widespread and are isolated to a few students but with the schools inability to deal with the problems they present it is clearly unsafe to leave my child in constant danger. On a final note when we withdrew him today he did not get perfect attendance even though he was there every day. The reason..... he spent too much time in the office dealing with the issues of being bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

It is very distressing that people will intentionally LIE about this school simply because they are friends with the principle. Yes, there is a huge safety issue for the kids at this school. And the person who said someones feelers must be hurt is probably one of the parents who's child is doing the bullying. After all, why attack someone for honestly saying there are problems at this school? It is a fact. This school has a lot of bullying and because everyone knows each other nothing is being done and ignorance is being left to breed more ignorance. Bottom line is, this school is one every parent should avoid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

My kids go to Benson Schools. I am very involved in the programs at BMS. There are isolated incidents in every school. The Principal is amazing and treats kids with the upmost respect. She helps kids become better students and citizens. The teachers challenge kids, the kids know what is expected, discipline is fair. Overall you cannot get better than Benson schools. They are a small town gem and we are lucky to have the leadership guiding our children here in Benson. I have been elsewhere and you won't find a better team than Benson schools. You cannot be #1 in the state of Arizona and have poor leadership. BENSON TEAM YOU ARE GREAT and thank you for educating my children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

Sounds like some ones feelers are hurt ! Anyways A+ school ...maybe the ones with the hurt feeler should show up and have a face to face chat ! As you can tell the education of this parent also isn't up to standard ! Spell check is free !


Posted November 28, 2013

Sadly this school has not improved with the bullying. Now we have a principle who does this and she is NEW! She is by far worse than the prior principle. At least the former got the school grade up to the top of the district. Basically, kids going here fall into two categories. They are either being bullied or they are the bully! Since Mrs. Finch is "friends" with most of the kids parents who are doing the bullying, good luck getting this to stop! As for being qualified for this position.....that is a joke. There are teachers working for this lady who are better qualified and would have made a much better choice. The teachers of math, science, and computer are the only respected and honorable things going for this middle school. Be strongly advised not to send your kid here. Don't let the elementary and high school fool you. The middle school is not up to the same wonderful standards as they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Benson Middle School received an "A" label from the AZ Department of Education! I am a proud parent. Glad my children have the opportunity to attend! Way to go, Benson Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

I love this school! The staff is very helpful & friendly, the principle is approachable & has such enthusiasm. I'm excited for my daughter to start this coming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

My kids' grades have improved since coming to Benson Middle School. The 6th grade teachers keep the kids focused; the kids never turn in homework late. I think having men teachers in 7th grade helps keep the kids who might become rebellious from doing so. Mr. Sherman is an amazing Math teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

I have seen many schools around the area and have found Benson Middle School to be one of the highest in quality. From the moment you walk on campus you feel at home. Clean campus, fresh cut grass, and friendly staff and students. In my interactions with the teachers I know they have the best interest of the children in mind. What a wonderful place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

I see by the previous comment that the school did NOT improve with the pricipal change. Probably worse. So disappointed in the admin. The bullying is not only the nasty students but from teachers as well. No support for the kids that need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

I have been very unhappy with the school this year I hope that by adding a new principal for the middle school next year will resolve a lot of issues and maybe they will be able to retain some teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 42%
Hispanic 26% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Tara Finch
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (520) 720-6709

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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360 S Patagonia Street
Benson, AZ 85602
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