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Benchmark School

Charter | PK-6 & ungraded | 420 students

We are known for providing a hands on sensorial curriculum.

 

Living in Phoenix

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $98,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 19 ratings
2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted July 1, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

Benchmark provides a balance of academics, life experiences and school comradery in an environment that children enjoy and excel in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

Charter schools and the teachers there make all the difference!


Posted May 8, 2010

Benchmark School is the best choice for a quality education, bar none!


Posted May 8, 2010

We have watched our grandson thrive since attending Benchmark. He loves to learn. The Teachers are wonderful!


Posted April 28, 2010

Wonderful teachers and administration. Small class sizes, amazing curriculum. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The level of committment to the student is fantastic. The school provides a superior learning enviroment for it's students


Posted April 26, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Only here for 6th grade, best decision we ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Great teachers and a healthy learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

The Teachers are Awesome!! My kids enjoy going to school, and are learning so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The leaders of this school value learning, inspiring inquisitiveness, and character building. PC is not on the menu. That's a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

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!


Posted April 23, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 7% 43%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Japanese
German
French
Arabic languages
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top Ten Charter School in Arizona, A+ Charter School
  • Odyssey of the Mind finalist

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Carole Challoner and Barbara Darroch
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • bobbie@benchmarkschool.net
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 765-1932

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • NYS Sponsored Sports
Girls sports
  • NYS Sponsored Sports

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • We have an open door policy
More from this school
  • *Preschool on site *Full day kindergarten *Music *Visual and performing arts *Physical education *Multicultural appreciation *Technology *Spanish
School leaders can update this information here.

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2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
100
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
550

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4120 E. Acoma Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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