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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.