I have three children at Benchmark and have only been there for two years, but our choice to move our kids to this school was one of the best decisions we've ever made. The Core Knowledge curriculum and Singapore Math are unbeatable! The faculty and staff take an interest in each child as an individual and the level of instruction is amazing! High academics with lots of hands-on applications make learning fun and exciting! Benchmark is a remarkable place for children.
Principals with high standards. Amazing, dedicated teachers who obviously love what they do. My daughter comes home from school so excited about her class subjects and activities. As a parent, we send our children to school to learn. At Benchmark, they also instill a love for learning. Wish they were a K-12.
great teachers who really care about the kids and make learning fun!!!!
The staff is wonderful and the facilities are amazing. In addition, parents volunteer at all times and are welcomed with open arms---they have nothing to hide! And on top of that---you should see the number of fathers who are there to assist in the learning process for all of the children.
My oldest will be attending Kindergarten in the fall. We currently attend preschool and are very impressed with the parent involvement and education he has received.
This is a school that takes a personal approach to every student. The Principals know these kids, know what is going on in their lives, and go over and above whenever there is a need. The teaching staff believes in meeting each child wherever they are on the learning curve, and continually seek out ways to help them understand, with the belief that every child can learn, not on the same day, and not in the same way. A++ does not begin to show the merits this school deserves!
The science lab rocks. Kids love all the creatures big and small there. What a great way to engage kids!
Benchmark is like a small community. I love the student to teacher ratio. I love the friendships my kids have made over the last few years. I love the science and art building.
I spent a lot of time looking for a great school to send my daughter and Benchmark has been wonderful for her. The teachers are wonderful and the curriculum is creative, challenging and really helps her learn in many ways. The science lab is awesome! Parent involvement is pretty much expected but that is OK for us since we believe that it is important to show our daughter that school is important. Communication by teachers is good but communication by the school is marginal. The school also has a lot of rules - luckily the teachers are flexible in using common sense. Net, it is not all perfect but Benchmark is excellent at the things that are truly important to her education.
We have been at Benchmark school for six years. At the end of each year, I reflect on how much our children have grown both academically and socially. The teachers are responsive , involved, and approachable. The curriculum is hands-on, fun, and fosters a love of learning in our children. Not only do they receive wonderful classroom experiences, but they feel part of a larger community. The parents, teachers, and administration collaborate to create wonderful events that bring the families together. We are very happy with our childrens' experiences at this school .
My children attended Benchmark for two years. We were happy with the first year, but into the second year and third year, we began to have serious concerns. Problems with teacher turnover and communication with teachers and school staff was poor. The administration is very defensive, combative, and does not deal well with simple problems. This school suffers from poor administration, low cademic standards, and too concern about their image and less about the children they teach. Every morning it was very hard to get our children to school because they are not happy at the school and does not enjoy their teacher's company - which is very sad. Teachers are to inspire not discourage children from school/education. Its a shame because our children are our next future. We are now in a much better school (public) and my children love it! Thank goodness.
The nice thing about schools is people have a choice where they take their children. Our choice has been Benchmark Elementary since our children were in Kindergarten. Now they are in 4th and 6th grade, and are testing two years ahead of the National average. I have watched their progress very closely over the years and am so thankful that my wife and I chose this school. The schools' Principals and Teachers care greatly for the children of this school and work tirelessly to give them the best education and learning environment possible. We are so thankful to them for 7 years of nothing but excellence! Thank you Benchmark!!
My son alsolutely loves this school! He has wonderful relationships with the teachers and I can tell they really care about him as a person. I was most impressed by the administration caring about each child who walks in the door. They take the time to get to know each child and I truly believe they want what is best for the children at their school. The teachers and adminsitrators have been nothing but kind, supportive and helpful. My son and I couldn't be happier.
Again, I rate this school highly based on my children's positive classroom experiences. The administration continues to be aloof, unapproachable, condescending, judgemental, unprofessional, and poor role models for the children, parents, and teachers. Only one of the directors truly has a say in how the school is run, when the other is more capable. One of the directors treatment of parents and staff is truly unacceptable and always has and will be. Somehow, my children continue to receive an excellent education each year. It must be accredited to the supreme parent involvement and the wonderful teachers who hang in there as long as they can.
Our child started at Benchmark in September. We've been very impressed with the education and school. They try to make the learning real and really engage the children. They also keep parents in the loop by making you sign off on completed homework, quizzes, etc. periodically or when a grade is below a certain percentage. Lastly, they offer alot of afterschool progarms on-site. Overall, we feel it is a very safe, supportive and challenging environment.
Benchmark addresses special needs of students through its school nurse and physical therapist, who can help parents plan for transition to middle school for special needs children, more than might be expected in district schools. There is an emphasis on civility and a bully-free environment and I have always seen all the teachers behave well, something I cannot say about all the parents. There is less funding than is enjoyed by public schools. Expect to pay/volunteer more than a ps. The number of students in each classroom is high, compensated somewhat by teachers working together in teams. The teachers may be stressed more by some of the parents than the students, which has led to administration policies that descourage parents from informally communicating with them. Parents are required to help see homework projects are done.
Our daughter started 4th grade at Benchmark this year. This being her first year at this school we have been so amazed at her progress and even moreso the dedication of each individual teacher to the needs of each and every student based on their specific skills and needs. She has made great friends and looks forward to school every day. The parent involvement is amazing and is very obvious how that contributes to the positive environment as well.
My daughter started Benchmark this year and I can already see the difference. When we first dropped her off she would cry and beg us not to leave her. Two days later she gets up in the morning and sings about going to school. She has learned so much and comes home with such a positive attitude. She is a gifted child in the sense of how smart she is but Benchmark has taken her to another level. Just the little things like knowing how to spell her name, songs she sings adding and she even tries to read. I am amazed!
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