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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They don't put enough emphasis on math; Most teachers are excellent, but there are a few that leave a lot to be desired.
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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