"Magnet School for interpersonal, global/media and artistic communication. "
Students enrolled 531
Hours 7:40 AM - 2:20 PM
School leader Mariclaret Patton
Transportation options None
District San Diego Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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6269 Twin Lake Drive
San Diego, CA 92119

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(619) 463-9271
(619) 697-8617
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4 stars
Based on 43 ratings

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September 24, 2014
My son has attended the school since kindergarten and is currently in 4th grade with an IEP. We love the principal! She is great and the resource teachers and speech specialist have been great in meeting his needs and making proper accommodations. Unfortunately and surprisingly, not all of his classroom teachers have been accommodating.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
We could not be happier with this school. We have had the opposite experience of the parent who wrote in June 2014. Our child needed extra help learning to read and he received it. Ms. Patton, the principal, worked with him personally to build his skills and his confidence. She also helped us to develop a plan with his teacher and arranged for a tutor to help meet his needs. The parent involvement in this school is exceptional and helps to make this school so very special. I feel that all around the expectations are high, but not to achieve high test scores. It seems clear to me that the goal is to foster a love of learning, to provide a rich learning environment and the great test scores are a the result. I also have to say that I see the school going well out of their way to needs of children with special needs, even having a health aid go on the field trips to make sure that children with health needs are not left behind.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
Scores aren't everything. If you have a child who's above average, this may be a good fit for your family. However, if you have a child who needs extra guidance, there are too many staff members here who don't want to tolerate with it or "waste" their time. There are a handful of wonderful teachers who are nurturing and encourage a love for learning. However, all-in-all, the school is not well-balanced. Too much time is spent on test pressures, moody staff members, and a lack of tolerance toward children who are outside of the "norm". If a child has a lot of energy, the suggestion of medication is given rather than classroom modifications. Young students have hours of homework every night, get their behavior pins moved down for having to go to the bathroom, are not allowed to drink water throughout the day, and are constantly reprimanded for the silliest of reasons. Children with special needs are excluded from field trips and other school activities. This creates a tense learning atmosphere. It's difficult to imagine putting my child through years of this which is why we are considering leaving the school and so many other nice families have already done so.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
This school is amazing! The teachers are fantastic, Mrs. Patton is fabulous, and I think the PTA is very hardworking, and they supervise a lot of school events and fundraisers to help our school and community. The students are, for the most part, friendly and helpful. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
2/3 of the way through our 2nd year at this school and I'm ready to say we made a good choice sending our son here. I understand he reads better than most kids while math comes easy to him, but his writing is a little behind his peers. Had we NOT sent him to a school with higher standards, or if we as parents were not as involved in his educational journey, this would be more of a concern. But I am encouraged that the extra work we put in with him at home along with the higher expectations of the teachers and the performance of his peers will lead to better results. My wife and I work our butts off to balance work, school and family. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for struggling kids to get the help they need when that combination of factors mentioned above is hard to come by at other schools, in other families, in environments where life brings so many welcome and unwelcome distractions. Is BW a 5 star school?. Maybe. I'd give it 4.5 stars if possible...because I always feel there's room for improvement. It's not perfect. There's no way all 550+ kids/families are going to be completely satisfied. But we feel we gave our little student the best chance to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
There is a good reason this school has a10/10 rating. The teachers are top notch, the principal is amazing and the parents are involved. This school found the formula for success and we are thrilled to have our children attending here.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
The principal is amazing (Mrs. Patton) and the teachers are great so far. I have made many friendships with other parents and we are all very involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My school is the best and our granddaughter loves it. This silly rating system has a fifteen word minimum requirement to post when five says it all.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
I love this school!!! I attended this school for all of elementary!!! This is a wonderfuo school to attend!! The teachers are loving && they really do care about your child!!! Your child will never be left out

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2013
Not what it used to be! As a parent active with the school, the classroom and the PTA - I can tell you that if you disagree with the powers or offend the highly inflated ego - you will be treated poorly. We enjoyed our first 3 yrs, but-this year It was made clear to me not to question authority. For a communication magnet - there is an extreme lack of communication! When questioned why my kid was taken out of "math" and sent to a counselor (without my knowledge), I was told that "school sees things parents don't". Yet they couldn't tell me what they saw - Shouldn't I be informed if there is a problem, the clever response, "we don't need to tell you every little thing". Yes-Exact words! The rest of the response was "the school doesn't have account for the time of each student to the parent" And when I said, "well, why did I choose Benchley, what benefit am I getting" instead of justifying my choice like I wanted, I was told (again exact) "if you feel that way, you shouldn't come back, I think you should find a new school." I know there have been other parents who were told "not come back" and I can assure you none of us are extreme, overly emotional or unreasonable.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
Both of my sons attend Benchley Weinberger and love going to school every morning. They actually ask to go to the school on the weekend and are anxious to get back to school during breaks. Mrs. Glaze, Ms. Trujillo, and Mrs. Brugh are amazing teachers who keep my boys interested and eager to learn. The principal, Ms. Patton is very enthusiastic and motivated. She really cares about each student and remembers all of their names. I am in the military and due to transfer soon. I wish I could keep my sons in this school until they graduate from the 5th grade. Benchley is one of the best schools that you could enroll your child into.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2013
We have been at Benchley for 4 yrs now and love our school. My kids enjoy going to school every day and are creating wonderful school memories. We have an amazing group of teachers, office staff is very helpful and work very hard for the kids daily. Our P.E teacher Coach Tucker Rocks!! Mrs.Patton our amazing, fun, caring, supportive, and very dedicated principal is a true gift to our community....We love our "School With Heart" !!!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
Some of the people who run this school are horrible. My sister came home scared one day because the teacher was constantly yelling at all of the students.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2013
My child is going on his third year at Benchley and has had a wonderful experience there. All of his teachers so far (K-2) have been very involved, supportive and caring. They have allowed and encouraged parent volunteering in the classroom which I think is also great for the kids. The new principal Ms Patton is amazing couldn t be more happy with her work at the school. I was very impressed at how quickly she learned not only my child s name, but also mine, and considering how many kids and parents she meets, I think that is quite a feat. I wouldn t think of sending my kid anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2012
carolyn hasselbar is the meanest teacher ever!! Mrs. shelley and mrs. weinburger were the best!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
Our experience at BW has been nothing but great. Our Son (Kindergarten) loves his teacher. She is great to work with, and very mild mannered and patient with the kids. In less than half of a year our Son's reading and writing have grown leaps and bounds. I will agree that there are one or two crabby people in the office. But since I rarely visit the office, I don't see that as a problem. I'm more concerned about my Son's Teacher and Principal, which in my opinion are both excellent. Kindergarteners have "sharing" each week, where they get up in front of the class and talk about a given subject. We love this, as it will really help him learn to be comfortable speaking in front of others. He also has an Spanish class one day a week (costs extra) and soon will be doing an after school science class (extra). The new Principal is awesome. She knows many of the kids by name and is very approachable. We were THRILLED when we heard tha tthe old Principal was gone since that was the main knock on the school before. The before and after school care is handled by the YMCA and everyone who we have dealt with has been great. our Son enjoys the play/craft time after school.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2011
The school may be great on test scores, but is seriously lacking in communication - unless it is for fund-raising. My 1st grader, along with 10 others, were placed in a kinder/1st combo class. Their classroom is a kinder classroom, on the opposite end of the school from the other 70+ 1st graders. Parents were not informed about this placement, and the principal was "surprised" that many of us were so upset. We were told how lucky our kids were because we had such a great teacher... well, no one felt it necessary at that time to inform us that she was also a "long term sub". 6 weeks into the semester, the teacher was involuntarily moved to another school. We were informed of this 1 hour before the end of class on the teacher's last day. And the kicker... no new teacher has yet been assigned. So now we have 11 1st graders, mixed in with 9 kindergarteners, and no teacher. The principal speaks like a politician instead of an academic leader. She is quick to tell you that it is not her fault and to write to congress. I will be applying to Green next year, where I hear that along with great test scores, they also have a great principal and fantastic communication with parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2011
2010-2011Schoo Year First year at BW so dissapointed in BW! Office staff is a mix of nice and very rude personel. Principal Jacobs and teachers to busy with test scores and the distinguished status not really focusing on students real needs. Mrs. Jacobs lacks leadership and people skills needed to support this school extremely disrespectful to children, parents and staff. Great group of parents, volunteers and some nice not to burned out teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
Benchley Weinberger has an outstanding community of parents and volunteers. They help facilitate and support the programs and events for the school. The teachers are hard working and dedicated to achieving the educational standards for every child. The teachers could benefit from having more support within the classrooms. Especially, with the increase of class sizes. However, the principal and office staff are a mix of rude and pleasant personalities. The principal lacked the integrity and support that one would expect from a leader.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
This school, is great! The staff are mostly nice. My child has been here since 3rd grade and they loved it! The principal is ok... she doesn't interact with her students enough.. But great school overall!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
We are thrilled with the teachers our son has had. He is currently in first grade and we feel fortunate to be part of the BW family.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
The Principle needs to step up or retire. Have been at the school for 4 years and as far as I can see the teachers and parent volunteers make the school what it is. The office staff is rude, the priciple is visible but not involved. The priciple has no clear visions to improve/update the quality of education, programs, safety of the school. She clearly does not want to "go the extra mile" for the school. Yes the school has great test scores...great teachers...great kids. But think of what could be with an awesome leader. It is a shame.

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March 12, 2009
This is my son's first year at Benchley and he absolutely loves going to school every morning (which says a lot, due to the fact that he must get up at 5:30am to catch the bus). His teacher Ms. Trujillo is an oustanding educator as are all of the other kindergarten teachers. I am extremely satisfied with my sons school experience thus far.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
Our family has been at B-W a few years now and I feel like we are getting an excellent public school education for our kids. The prinicipal seems to manage the school well, but she could be more progressive with curriculum that would truly make this a magnet school and by proactively incorporating emotional and social education into the classroom, the playground, and the lunch area. The school should do better in these areas. Right now they are getting by quite well because of the daily effort teachers make and because of an amazing group of dedicated families in the Foundation and PTA. I'd like to see the principal step outside of the box and push this school to measure up to its 'distinguished' status. The parents expect this type of leadership and effort, and certainly our kids deserve it.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
My daughter has had 2 fabulous teachers so far: Mrs. Gleaves and Mrs. Glaze. The staff in the office are very helpful and friendly. The librarian is also a great asset to the school. We're looking forward to another great year.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
We are extremelly disappointed with BW. The mainly focus in test taking and standirized testing to the point that has crated anxiety and stress to our kids and hated to go to school. Principal is very uncooperative and does not have a good understanding of students needs. The school is clean and well kept and parents are great!, but it an overall picture it doesn't make up for the manner the school is run.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
We are extremely pleased with BW and have been for a long time! We've been at Benchley from K through 5th now and the quality of education is strong and consistent. Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work and dedication.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
We are very disappointed with Benchley this year. The quality of education seems to vary significantly from each grade and teacher to teacher. Primary focus is standardized tests and social studies and math are lacking. Extracurricular programs are minimal at best. At times its difficult to find staff smiling at lunch time, etc. Parents are exceptional. This school is lucky to have such dedicated parents that make up for shortfalls in instruction. Principal needs to work on trusting and respecting parents input without ridicule.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
My daughter is a kindergartner in Ms. Sward's class. Ms. Sward is great. She has been a BW K teacher for 15+ years, which normally would give rise to burn-out concerns, but those were dissipated the first weekend of school when she attended a Saturday birthday party on her own time. The administration and office personnel were very prompt, courteous and helpful. Nurse Madonna is great (active daughter + PE = bandaids). There is a large and active group of parents that volunteer their time and talents to make the school a better place.

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August 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
My son's first year and I must say, overall, BW is a wonderful school. Seems like the staff, teachers and students are all very happy. The school is clean and organized. My son's K-1 teacher is the best! Lots of parent involvement. Nothing negative to say about this school.

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October 03, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2006
Great kindergarten program. The kinder teachers did rotations in the afternoon and got to know other children and the children got to know another teacher. Big disappointment in the other grades. The magnet isn't upheld in many of the classrooms we saw and heard from other parents. Great parents- loved the classrooms being opened in the morning at 7:30, so the kids go in whenever they arrive instead of hanging outside. The principal wasn't visible at all except at the monthly assemblies. Our children attended one year but we moved on to another school the following year.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Great school tons of parent involvement (too much with a few parents) very caring teachers (most of them) excellent principal most of the admin's are wonderful...One or two of them are rude. Nurse sandy is one of the most caring, sensitive staff we have ever encountered. Some of the kids at the school are not very nice, out of control but for the most part the kids are great too. Too much focus on the state testing.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
We have been attending this school for 4 years now and have found the quality of education to be excellent. The teachers are skilled and highly dedicated. The parent involvement is also amazing. There is a definite emphasis on character developement as well as academics. We feel very fortunate to have our children enrolled here and feel that this education is as good if not better that any private school options we may have had.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
They don't put enough emphasis on math; Most teachers are excellent, but there are a few that leave a lot to be desired.

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July 14, 2005
My child has attended this school since they were Five years old. It is a great school and my child has excelled in all academic areas. However my only concern is they don't put enough emphasis on hand writing. I was hoping that they would consider starting up a writing lab to assist the children because I noticed that a lot of the kids in the class have the same problem.

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Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School
6269 Twin Lake Drive, San Diego, CA  92119
(619) 463-9271
Last modified Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top