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650 Hastings Drive
Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 747-8370
(707) 747-8379
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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
July 19, 2015
The teachers I had (all of whom are now retired) were very encouraging (without being pushy) and helped me learn different aspects of math, history, science, and english. However, there WERE quite a few teachers (other than those i had) who should have retired many years earlier.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2015
This is a good school whose successes can be attributed to extremely involved, dedicated and hard-working parents. Many of the teachers are wonderful. The principal, Mrs. Garton, values safety and discipline. She is not warm and doesn't strive to connect interpersonally with students or parents (more Viola Swamp than Miss Nelson), but apparently gets the job done. Diversity could be a little better and I don't see a lot of embracing of special needs programs or curricula, but there is a strong academic focus and healthy community involvement.

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April 21, 2015
6 yrs later my son is more than ready for middle school, solid both academically & socially! The smart & caring teacher are anchored by a strong principal who has an open door policy.

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July 01, 2014
Just wanted to say thank you to the first principal Mrs.Susnjar for starting a wonderful school where many children have received an outstanding education. It is with many thanks and appreciate for Mrs. Susnjar for giving an excellent start to the school, leading by example, and exceeding her duties as a principal. She always went above and beyond and we thank her.

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March 18, 2014
Simply wonderful school! The K program is great! All the teachers are caring and give extra help to those who need it. Really great parent and community participation and support. Well organized PTG and the principal cares more about safety and education than a super fun environment which in my opinion makes for a better education/school. Not to say it isn't still fun though! Lots of fun school wide events and programs! It's just a well rounded environment. We really like this school!

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October 06, 2013
Awesome school overall ~former student since kinder garden - 5th grade PS GO MUSCOLINO 5th grade teacher

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August 21, 2013
Joe Henderson Elementary is an AMAZING school. The teachers here are all wonderful and have excellent communication with the parents. The principal Mrs. Garton is fabulous with the students and the parents. She always knows your name and child. My 2nd grader has done everything from the Science fair to a Family Tree. The education at this school couldn't be better even if it were a private school. We are proud Henderson Hounds!!!

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July 14, 2013
Great school and nice environment. My kids went to this school and I have only nice things to say.

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March 24, 2010
My family loves Joe Henderson! My son is in the afternoon kindergarten class with Ms.Costanza. She is an amazing teacher! My son has really enjoyed the past few months in her class. I love how organized every project, party and day is planned, and have enjoyed helping Ms.Costanza in the weekly class centers. Joe Henderson is an excellent school, and we are very blessed that our son attends such an amazing school. We hope that he can continue attending Joe Henderson for years to come!

- submitted by a parent
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October 12, 2009
I love Joe Henderson elementary school as it is filled with artwork and innovative projects by the students, along with a group of teachers incredibly dedicated to maximizing resources to give our children the best educational experience. There are many teachers in the school who have been there over 20 years,testifying to the solid foundation of the staff who are an incredibly committed and inspirational group of teachers. I have loved my children's experience with their teachers and the entire Joe Henderson community.

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May 27, 2009
The teachers are wonderful and caring. The principal is a little disorganized but well intentioned. If your child is academically driven, he or she will succeed here. If your child is a free thinker or has any special needs, you may want to look elsewhere. If you are considering relocating to Benicia strictly for the schools, make sure you research what kind of culture you seek. Benicia transplants aren't always welcome.

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September 19, 2008
Gifted program for kids 4th grade and up is improving. Wonderful teachers. Nice parents at this school.

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June 11, 2008
Great school in a great community.

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October 25, 2006
Benicia's budget issues are much improved and far from negative. If anything, there is stepped-up community awareness and involvement. Furthermore, Benicia Schools, in general, are excellent. All three of our children attended Joe Henderson from 1993 through 2004. By all counts they received exceptional individual educations and were well prepared for their Benicia Middle School experience (in itself, a great school, just different due to the absolute incremental requirement that both the student and their parents come to the table prepared to be further involved in the process and support the educational staff). Plain comman sense parenting. Discount what you read from others who suggest and expect the system to independently solve all possible issues with very little (IMHO)personal involvement. Prepare to pitch-in and get involved with your student's educational experience and join a vibrant, healthy community that loves to be improved with another good family. Any family.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2006
I think it is a great school! Good teachers, very intelligent and have great teaching skills, lots of activities, fun, and cool!

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March 22, 2006
This is a great elementary school. The teachers really know what they are doing and they are also dedicated to their work. My kid is in the 1st grade and she has the right amount of homeworks: not too much, not too little. The kids in her class are all well-behaved, and she loves to go to school. Parent involvement could be improved though: we did not get to talk to the teachers very often.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2006
I worked at this school as a student teacher. I found the staff to be friendly and supportive of students as well as fellow teachers.

- submitted by a student

January 27, 2006
My child has attended this school for 4 years. It is one of the top rated elementary schools in Benicia. All of their programs are good. The teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2004
Great school. Most teachers are very caring and dedicated. Great Parent involvement and diversity available.

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Joe Henderson Elementary School
650 Hastings Drive, Benicia, CA  94510
(707) 747-8370
Last modified Joe Henderson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joe Henderson Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top