Don Benito has been great for my daughter. She a Ms. Bendiksen for kindergarten who is everything you would want for your first teacher. The parent involvement is off the chart which I believe is one of the reasons Don Benito is such a gem. We are blessed that we our daughter has the opportunity to attend this school!
We are coming in to the home stretch of our kindergarten year at DB and could not be happier. The quality of instruction, the challenging and nurturing atmosphere, the high level of parent involvement, have all been a terrific match for our son. He is thriving. We love the incredible diversity of our community too. The principal is a wonder and the PTA leadership has their heads screwed on straight. If your child gets in here--go.
My son has special needs in academics. The staff has been very supportive. Mrs. Carlson has guided our family to receive the assistance my son needs. She has also tutored him. Ms. Turbull is awesome. Mrs. Hernandez, Miss Bell, Ms. McPherson and Ms. Bendikson.....all wonderful! I am very happy we are a part of Don Benito.
Don Benito is an excellent school with highly qualified, dedicated teachers. There will always be complainers, but remember, one person's "mediocrity" is another person's favorite teacher of all time. It's ridiculous to expect every teacher to be a perfect and personalized match for your child's extra-special specialness. The principal is outstanding, and it's clear that she cares about every child. Your child will be friends with children from a wide variety of racial and economic backgrounds, in an environment where everyone is safe and everyone is valued. If you're looking for a homogeneous, upper-middle-class "public private school," there are other PUSD options. But if you're looking for a real public school where your children will get an outstanding education, this is the place to be!
I have been a proud parent and volunteer of Don Benito for the past 6 years. I rate the school and the staff 5 stars, for their excellence in teaching, strangth, leadership, challenging programs and outstanding achievment in bringing parents to be a part of their childs education and having excellent amout of parent envolvement. I high recommend Don Benito to all new families. Most of I would proudly rate our Don Benito principle with an extra 5 stars, for being the most an outgoing, dedicated, strong and excellent leader to all the Don Benito kids, parents, families and friends. The Solano Gonzalez family, loves you all.
This is the first year our child attends Don Benito, I have to say that we are very impressed with the school so far. The teacher( Mrs. Huezo) is an excellent educator, she encourages the kids to learn in a fun atmosphere! Parent participation is very good to say the least. We look forward to having our son join the school in few years as well.
I have very mixed feelings about Don Benito. The atmosphere there has improved dramatically since the new administration took over last year. However, we have had about a 50% satisfaction rate with teachers; We have had some excellent teachers who convey warmth, intelligence, and a love of teaching. We have also experienced flat, uninspired mediocrity from some of the staff. California public education seems to be hamstrung by the standard requirements placed on teachers. It takes a very special educator to work with and around those requirements while still making learning a good experience. For us, it has been hit-or-miss at Don Benito.
Don Benito has experienced so many wonderful improvements this year with the new principal. She's a wonderful leader with a can-do attitude. The teachers respect her and the children adore her. She has pledged to continue high standards for learning despite budget cuts and no doubt, she will keep her word. Our experience with our child's teachers has been nothing but positive. There are high expectations for learning and clear-cut disciplinary policies. Also, teachers facilitate many extracurricular activities such as Odyssey of the Mind, Jumprope-A-Thon, and Literacy Night. They're a dedicated bunch. We're extremely happy with our child's progress and look forward to the time his siblings will attend. We're fortunate to be part of the Don Benito Family! p.s. The buses WILL continue next year!
Don Benito is struggling to survive and keep afloat within PUSD. There are many wonderful things that happen at the school and a great deal of parent involvement. The district enrollment is dropping, bussing will be stopping next year and it appears unclear if Don Benito will continue to succeed academically. Will there be large gain in API scores this year, under the current leadership, it will be a challenge to say the least. Schools are judged by test scores not by lines of parents.
I have a child in first grade and one that has recently graduated. My children have had very positive experiences over the years and love learning and get very high marks. The new principal is a great improvement over the previous one. I believe she will bring Don Benito back up to where it once was.
Every teacher my children had at Don Benito was fantastic. My kids love to learn and I give the teachers credit for that. The previous principal threatened the teachers, lied to parents and put a dark cloud over the school so we left. A previous principal has now returned and I hear that people and teachers are very happy with her. My kids are now in a very good private school and they had no problem adapting to the new schools curriculum.
My daughter is finally getting the kind of individualized attention that she needs.
My daughter attended Don Benito. She received first rate instruction from caring teachers.
The teaching staff at this school (with only two exceptions) is committed and qualified. They are great to work with and understand their role in and the incredible opportunity it is to teach. Our son is fortunate to be there. Unfortunately the silliness from the unqualified administration just keeps on coming. Why Pasadena can't get people that are capable of seeing the big picture I don't know.
Don Benito has been an incredible school for our children. Our first child attended K-5 and our second child is currently in 4th grade. Don Benito has been a wonderful avenue for our kids on their road to success. Don Benito is challenging yet prepares each student in the fundamentals that they need to succeed. The teachers are fair, kind, respectful, compassionate, and dedicated. They make themselves available to the children and families, whether it be in person, by email or phone. We have always felt updated and that our children have been in the care of incredible professionals. We do not take it for granted that our children have been able to receive a great education in our public school system. We have yet to be disappointed by the staff at Don Benito, we are nothing but grateful. We are looking forward to another great year.
My son has been at Don Benito since kindergarten through third grade, and most of his teachers have been fantastic. Only one was a disappointment, but she wasn't terrible, just sort of average. The work my son is doing is much more challenging than what his private-school buddies are doing at the same grade level. We were really not impressed with the principal when she led our school tour, and that almost stopped us from applying, but we took a chance on public school and we're glad we did! Don Benito has wonderful teachers, and we're very happy.
We are now looking at middle schools and the experience has shown us what a good education our children are getting at Don Benito. We visited one local very expensive and highly touted private school and were interested to see that the work expected of 6th graders at that school was what the students at Don Benito did in 4th grade. It is too bad that so many Pasadena residents are afraid of public schools because it is clear that the educational experience is superior to most private schools.
This is our third year at Don Benito, and we have been very happy so far. Not knowing whether or not we would get in, we applied and got accepted into four elite private schools when we were applying for Kindergarten. Not once have we regretted our decision to choose Don Benito instead. As a public school, Don Benito has less freedom than privates in many respects, and it can be frustrating at times, but there are so many positives: True diversity (both socio-economic and ethnic), creative and experienced teachers, very active PTA, involved parents, well-chosen fieldtrips, and a variety of after-school enrichment activities such as art and Spanish. We are hopeful that with Measure TT also our facilities will improve. A great school, and we parents can do so much to make it even better!
My child is in fifth grade and I have been touring several elite private schools in preparation of 6th grade. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that Don Benito's academics are well ahead of the curve. Looking at the writing samples and curriculum at schools, such as Chandler, have made me realize that Don Benito is an excellent school academically. On top of that, we have been exposed to diversity - both racially and economically - which private schools tend to lack. I know we made the right decision when we enrolled at Don Benito so many years ago.
My son is in first grade now - his teacher this year and from last have both been friendly, creative, and supportive for him. The school is highly organized and welcoming. The YMCA afterschool program at Don Benito is well worth the money.
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