Benchmark is flat out THE best public elementary school in Arizona. What the school leadership has built here is a hidden gem. The curriculum is top notch with Singapore Math leading the way and the reading\language arts has the emphasis on phonics over whole word nonsense. The science lab out shines every elementary school in the area but you cannot beat the 15 to 1 student to teacher ratio (STR). Students are ability grouped to make sure those that need help get it and those who excel are pushed. No child at either end of the ability spectrum is left behind. This setup makes Benchmark not only unique (no other public school comes close to this STR) but truly a superior choice for your child.
Benchmark provides a balance of academics, life experiences and school comradery in an environment that children enjoy and excel in.
Benchmark School is the best choice for a quality education, bar none!
We have watched our grandson thrive since attending Benchmark. He loves to learn. The Teachers are wonderful!
Wonderful teachers and administration. Small class sizes, amazing curriculum. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else.
The level of committment to the student is fantastic. The school provides a superior learning enviroment for it's students
I love Benchmark because I think the curriculum is stimulating (core knowledge) and because they break their reading, writing, and math groups into different levels. The advanced child receives a challenging/rewarding education.
We love this school! My children began their career at Benchmark as preschoolers. One graduated 6th last year and the other will graduate 6th this year from Benchmark. Every aspect is appreciated from the sense of a close school community, the principals, parent involvement and the curriculum. LOVE IT!!!
Benchmark is a wonderful community with parents that help make the school even better. There are so many fun and creative ways for the children to learn. I am so happy my Son has been a student there for four years. Maybe by the time he is in high school they will offer those grades, hint hint!!!! I am just glad I don't have to drive a long distance like some. Whatever it takes for a great education!
Benchmark is not only fantastic academically, but it is a wonderful community of families. There is an unbelievable amount of parent involvement. Our kids LOVE going to school!
I absolutely love this school! The education and teachers are unbeatable.For us it is worth the drive to give our children a wonderful education. The school has so many wonderful activities they incorporate with the curriculum.
The Teachers are Awesome!! My kids enjoy going to school, and are learning so much!
The teachers are passionate and knowledgeable, the administration is helpful, and the parents are involved. People work together to make this school a great place for kids to learn and success. My daughter not only learned a lot in academic also in the way she thinks about world and life. She is a thoughtful kid now and very happy every day.
Both my children go to Benchmark and it was worth the 2 year wait! They are learning so fast it's incredible! They don't like to be sick, because they don't want to miss a day of school. They teachers are awesome and encourage parent volunteers (I was a volunteer while I was unemployed) to participate. I never thought I would be helping my daughter do a science experiment while she was in Kindergarten. I love the fact that the teachers are always available to answer any questions I might have.
The leaders of this school value learning, inspiring inquisitiveness, and character building. PC is not on the menu. That's a good thing.
I love Benchmark School for a million reasons! They have the best administration, staff, and students in the world. There's always something fun happening at Benchmark School!
Where do I start. This is my second child going through the Benchmark curriculum and despite dramatically different learning levels, they both prosper. I really believe this is inherent to their model. Each grade has 2 classrooms and 4 FT teachers- and then based on learning levels they break out into four learning groups with coherent transfer of students from one group to the next as they progress in a particular content area. Gone is the bell curve where teachers are forced to teach to the middle performers. This allows real education to occur for the masses, for the gifted and for those that are struggling. Smart, Smart. Although they do not have a formal gifted program, I can say with confidence that my youngest who is lucky enough to be quite gifted has received all the needed attention to remain engaged, focused and loving the education process. Surprisingly for a Charter they have ample extra curricular programs to meet most any interest. People always ask, why a charter? My answer is simple- its not the path of least resistance. Charter parents are going that extra mile for their kids with the small things that add up, packing lunches, dropping off and picking up their children daily, arranging play dates because school mates are not necessarily in the neighborhood. I like the idea of my child connecting with children whose parents are willing to go that extra mile. The campus is impeccable, the administration organized, the teachers committed, the parents going the extra mile, I think all of these things together make for a excellent educational experience.
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