Our family is also surprised by the recent poor reviews. My children have been there for five years with amazing success. The curriculum has been extra challenging at times and the advanced math program in the upper grades is phenomenal. I've seen the teachers dress-up as colonists and have been involved in the Art Masterpiece program. The kids create so many hands-on projects, it's hard for a parent to know what to do with them. My guess is that the 'unexpected turnover in staff' noted by a reviewer was truly unexpected by the management, who always seem to have the best needs of the students at heart.
I'm shocked to read the recent reviews of Benchmark. My children have attended this school for six years and love going to school every day. We have found the teachers to be intelligent, caring, and interested in stimulating our children's minds with excellently prepared hands-on lessons. I completely disagree with the assertion that math and science are the only important subjects at this school. Teachers dress up and act out parts of famous people in history. The Art Masterpiece program at the school is incredible. Most amazingly, every month the Cultural Committee sponsors dancers, poets, musicians, and other professionals to come to the school and perform for the students. My children are receiving the best education in the Valley, and we'll be sorry when they have to graduate and move on.
Benchmark is everything I hoped it would be. Every grade has accelerated classes, the parental involvement is none that I have ever seen. The events offered are none that I have seen in any public school. In first grade they are already doing division, multiplication and fractions. Unheard of in public schools. I could not be happier. This is my first year at Benchmark and I would recommend it to anyone over public schools
Benchmark is a fantastic school! My son, a 4th grader has been attending since kindergarten and he (and I) could not be happier. They really focus on the children's education because they truly care, not because they 'have to'. Parent involvement is always front and center. Since they have opened, the school has consistently year by year made tremendous growth in providing the children more and more opportunities. I cannot imagine my son at any other school.
Benchmark is the best elementary school education I have seen in Maricopa County. Between the Core Knowledge curriculum and Singapore Math, they cover all the bases. My children have learned a lot, and love school.
We have just completed our 4th year at Benchmark. The quality of education is wonderful. The teachers are the best! My children are excited about learning. What more could you ask for? There is great parent involvement, and lots of extracurricular activities.
We have been at Benchmark several years. My sons attended preschool and are now in elementary. The core knowledge curriculum with many hands-on science and social studies activities is a highlight of the experience. The Singapore math program has been challenging and a great experience for my son who is gifted in math. He reports that his competitive math teacher is in his 'teacher hall of fame'. Unfortunately, teacher ability and experience do vary, as charter schools often have a fair amount of turnover in teaching staff. We have also had some difficulty in communication and consistency with getting one of my son's special education needs met. Parents are very involved and the principles respond appropriately to feedback. Overall, I think that it has been a good choice for us.
My three children are receiving an execellent education at Benchmark and the personal attention they get from teachers regarding there development is outstanding. This is a top quality academic instution with not only a strong math and reading program, but also an effective arts and cultures program. There are plenty of atheletic opportunities provided by the school through NYS sports, however this is the weakest development program at the school.
Awesome school, excellent teachers, outstanding reading and math programs, safe, fun!
Benchmark is a great school. I am so happy to have my child in that school.
Benchmark is a great school. They are working very hard to work with my child because she has an ld
We are entering our 2nd year here. Teachers are very caring, altho there's been a lot of recent turnover. Music needs a little improvement
This is our son's third year at Benchmark and we're very happy. The owners are very dedicated, there is a tremendous amount of parent involvement in all areas. The Singapore math is great. Our second grader is excited about math and reading. We were concerned about the change in principal this year, but the new principals are doing a great job.
We have been in the preschool for 1 year and find the teacher quality to be excellent - there was some movement in the Pre K this year with some new teachers and the quality is not that of the preschool teachers. This is still an excellent school because of their ethics, values as far as how they treat their students and how they expect their students to treat each other, and for their approach to academics. Their 1st priority is to teach the children a love of learning that they hope will last a lifetime. Parent involvement is very high at this school.
The academic programs have consistantly placed the school in the 90%category or above by most standardized tests. The school atmosphere is family-like and safe. It is a place where children are respected and appreciated for the blessings that they are. This is reflected by the academic and social growth accomplishments of the children. The teachers appear to enthusiastically go beyond what is expected of them to further the children's growth. The administrators are very skilled and beyond. The parent participation abounds. The school is modern, clean and appears to meet every need for learning. Communication between the parents, children and school personnel is excellent. Opportuinites for the childrens'exposure,exploration and experience go beyond any other school that I have ever witnessed. We have been blessed to have discovered Benchmark and have the experience of this excellent school that is setting a grand social and scholastic foundation for our precious child.
My daughter went to a private Montessori school from the age of 2 1/2 until 2nd grade. I started researching different schools when she was in kindergarten and decided Benchmark was the best choice. My daughter will be in 5th grade this year (her 3rd year at Benchmark) and I could not be happier. The teachers are wonderful, the Singapore math program is amazing, there is a very high level of parent involvement and the teacher/student ratio is great. I only wish Benchmark would add 7th and 8th grade!
Check the test scores and come look at the campus. This school is far better, from both an academic and an extracurricular activity standpoint, than any other school we've seen. Our sons are happy and love to go to school. They especially love the math program and the chess club at Benchmark.
My daughter has been attending since the 3rd grade and we love it. From its closed campus to after-school activities and active PTA there's always something going on. Academically it can't be touched. I only wish they offered Middle & High School.
Great school. Two teacher per class is very rare in Phoenix. Secured campus and easy pick up and drop off. Singapore math taught here is terrific.
The academic programs are first-rate, but even students who are average (like one of my children) are given respect and attention. They really do try to help each child reach their full potential. The kids are learning at an accelerated rate, but they manage to keep learning fun. They make a strong effort to add enriching art, music, and cultural programs. An Arts & Cultural committee funded by the PTA brings in cultural programs several times a year in addition to weekly art & music classes. There are a large variety of extracurricular actvities available after school, including dance, karate, chess, tennis, and team sports. Parental involvement is extremely high, but there is no mandatory number of volunteer hours. The school is also a nice size at about 400 students, not too big or too small. No school is perfect, but Benchmark must be about as close as you can get.
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